Rams will second guess not making these 6 free agent deals in 2024

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VI: John Johnson III

The LA Rams wasted no time in addressing the team's secondary for the 2024 NFL season, but the team failed to extend even one defensive back form 2023. One such veteran who remains unsigned in John Johnson III. That is a mild surprise, because the team did get great value out of JJIII in his second chapter with the team. Standing 6-foot-0 and weighing 209 pounds, Johnson is the type of defensive back who does it all.

He offers superb run support, pass coverage, and leadership, and seldom missed a tackle. He appeared in all 17 games for the team and started in eight games. He put up 42 tackles, broke up six passes, snatched two interceptions, and held the opposing quarterback to just a 61.5 percent completion rate when targeting his receiver. Most of all, he has been a player who has helped young defensive backs on the team. His leadership will be missed if he is not re-signed after the draft.

V: DB Ahkello Witherspoon

I don't know that 6-foot-2 195-pound veteran defensive back Ahkello Witherspoon could have played any better in his first and only season for the team. He became the tall cornerback that the team enjoyed when All-Pro Jalen Ramsey was in the secondary, and he came at a bargain basement price. Witherspoon played and started in all 17 games, despite being noticeably affected by a groin injury late in the season.

Witherspoon made 52 tackles, three tackles for a loss, blocked 14 passes, intercepted three passes, and only allowed 48.1 percent of the passes thrown at his receiver to find their target. Still, he remains unsigned. While he did struggle at times with his tackling, Witherspoon was the best player in the Rams' secondary. I cannot see how the team will not regret not extending him when the season gets underway.