Grading the Rams' first seven (re-)signings in 2024 free agency

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Rams re-sign IOL Kevin Dotson

One of the biggest factors for the LA Rams' success in 2023 is the fact that the team finally enjoyed some chemistry and continuity on the offensive line. While the early iterations of the offensive line did not 'take,' the team did begin to rally when they settled in with LT Alaric Jackson, rookie LG Steve Avila, C Coleman Shelton, RG Kevin Dotson, and RT Rob Havenstein.

Not only was the offensive line quite formidable in protecting starting quarterback Matthew Stafford, but the group tore open running lanes for featured RB Kyren Williams. Protecting Stafford was paramount, because he suffered a thumb injury on his throwing hand before the BYE, and any further injury would have derailed the team's season.

But protect they did, and the Rams rallied from a 3-6 record to finish the year at 10-7. This team went 7-1 in the final eight games, including sitting starters and still defeated the rival San Francisco 49ers team in Week 18.

Kevin Dotson was viewed by nearly all fans as the keystone for the 2024 NFL season. His surprisingly vicious and effective performance as the team's right guard not only locked down his role, but powered his teammates to elevate their game as well.

The Rams locked up Dotson before he could test his value in the 2024 NFL Free Agency market. He signed a 3-year contract worth $48 million (an average of $16 million per year). But compared to the contacts signed by former Miami Dolphins guard Robert Hunt (5 years, $100 million) and New England Patriots guard Mike Onwenu (3 years, $57 million), the Rams got great value.

Dotson is back. And he returned at a better than average value, too.

Our Grade: A+