3 former Rams who won’t live up to their new contracts

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Can he stay healthy?

If you can get a full season out of former Rams defensive back Jordan Fuller, your team will have a great season. Fuller played 16 games in 2021, and the team went on to compete in and win Super Bowl LVI (Well, Fuller missed the 2022 playoffs due to injury, but he did help the team get there). And Fuller played 17 games in 2023, and once more the Rams appeared in the 2024 NFL Playoffs.

Fuller is a very good safety who is good at run support, but flourishes in pass coverage. The thing is, he is feast or famine on the roster. The Rams played 67 regular season games in the four seasons of Fuller's career. Jordan Fuller suited up for 48 of thos games, and started 46 games. That is a durability rate of less than 72 percent.

His cycle seems to be a season shortened by injury, followed by a healthy season. He was healthy in 2023.

We know that Fuller has signed a contract to play for the Carolina Panthers in 2024 for one season worth up to $5.25 million. We also know he will reunite with an array of former Rams coaches and defensive backs: DC Ejiro Evero, Defensive Pass Game Coordinator Jonathan Cooley, DB Troy Hill, and DB Nick Scott.

But this has happened before, when the team lost both DB Troy Hill and John Johnson III to the Cleveland Browns in free agency. And Nick Scott did now work out in 2023 when he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals.

It may be that by bringing in two former Rams coaches and three former Rams DBs, the Carolina Panthers can effective transplant the secondary that worked for the team in 2021 to the Panthers secondary in 2024. But without All-Pro DT Aaron Donald and All-Pro DB Jalen Ramsey, that is a pretty huge roll of the dice.

Jordan Fuller is a great role player in a cohesive secondary that has stars at cornerback. I don't see that right now on the Panthers' roster. As such, I feat that Fuller may not deliver in 2024.

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