Who is LA Rams’ replacement for Andrew Whitworth in 2022?

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Could Rams free agency look to sign Whitworth’s replacement?

While the team may not rush to the NFL Free Agency market instantly, do not rule out the chance that the Rams could sign a veteran offensive tackle in the secondary or tertiary free-agent market. Veteran players like Eric Fisher or Nate Solder would be a solid acquisition for the Rams to add depth to the left tackle position.

Part of the appeal is simply that they’ve been there, done that. You simply cannot fake the sage wisdom of a veteran and how they can significantly impact and improve the play of younger teammates. So let’s consider a couple of options

Eric Fisher

In 2021, the 31-year-old left tackle signed a one-year $8.3 million deal with the Indianapolis Colts. The nine-year pro has an excellent resume and has protected the blindside for some pro bowl quarterbacks. It wouldn’t be a bad idea for the Rams to kick the tires on the veteran lineman. He not only could add depth to the position, but also provide a lot of experience to a young group of linemen. The Rams could price Fisher to a one-year $4-5 million deal, particularly if they exceed the four compensatory pick maximum for 2023

Nate Solder

The 33-year-old lineman started roughly 84 percent of the snaps for the New York Giants in 2021. After leaving the New England Patriots in 2018, the ten-year pro had a few rough years while playing for the Giants. Up there in age, a lot of teams might look to add Solder for the veteran minimum to add depth and experience to their rosters. The Rams should look to add Solder to a team-friendly one-year deal in the $1.5-2.75 million range

The Rams have options

Even though their star-left tackle retired, the LA Rams have many solid options to consider when seeking the best way to protect veteran quarterback Matthew Stafford’s blindside. The Rams did a great job re-signing Joseph Noteboom to an extended contract, ensuring that they have a player on the roster capable of stepping up for the opportunity. That move ensured that the team has a solid and proven option at left tackle for 2022.

Still, it doesn’t hurt to look to add depth to the offensive line. Keep that idea on the radar, as the Rams could be active later in free agency to sign an additional offensive tackle to the roster going into the 2022 season. But only if the price is right.

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