Recapping the best and worst moves of the LA Rams 2024 Free agency

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Of course, the front office did not just sit back and relax. The flurry of signings by the team proves that there is a master plan in place. And while we must all wait for time to pass and these moves to be proven by a historical record and statistics, the history of the Rams with their plans has trended in the positive direction in the past.

So the Rams have a pretty good track record. So let's see what the team has done so far.

Rams extend two OL starters

While the team made several savvy under-the-radar extensions for the 2024 NFL season, the team managed to extend two of three offensive line starters for below-market price. Both Alaric Jackson (1-year, $4.89 million for starting left tackle) and Kevin Dotson (3-years, $48 million for starting right guard) are under contract again.

The market value for quality offensive guards had risen to $20 million per year while starting offensive tackle prices remain at similar levels. Landing both starters well under what they could have earned in the open market has to be viewed as a major win for the

Rams bolster OL

While the team has lost both starting center Coleman Shelton and backup IOL Tremayne Anchrum Jr. to free agency, the team expected those events to take place after signing former Detroit Lions left guard Jonah Jackson from the NFL Free Agency market (3-years, $51 million, for starting left guard). With the arrival of Jackson, the team will be transitioning Avila from left guard to center.

The Rams have not only set their starting offensive line before the 2024 NFL draft arrives, but the team has insulated itself from the unlikely scenario where no worthwhile rookie prospects are on the board as the team makes its selections. The team can draft raw prospects to develop for future starting roles. With an offseason that opened with only two of five starters on the offensive line under contract, the team has to feel a sense of accomplishing in reforming what now appears to be one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

Rams address secondary needs

Perhaps an even more impressive feat has occurred with the status of the team's secondary. Once more, the team faced an offseason of losing three of four starters. While the team did not extend any defensive backs yet, the front office has been quite busy at signing players who could compose one of the best secondaries in the NFL in 2024:

  • Darious Williams - a savvy cornerback returns to the team after a two-year stint in the Jacksonville Jaguars secondary.
  • Kamren Curl - one of the hottest defensive backs in this free agency market. He hits like a ton of bricks, but also has solid pass coverage skills. He is a a true enforcer.
  • Tre'Davious White - one of the most sought after cornerbacks in this free agency market. He is a former 3X All-Pro cornerback who was released by the Buffalo Bills. He has recorded at least one interception in every season. If he returns to form, he has snagged six interceptions in one season.

They join a young secondary that returns DBs Cobie Durant, Derion Kendrick, Tre Tomlinson, Russ Yeast, Quentin Lake, and Jason Taylor II.

The LA Rams have 11 picks to spend in the 2024 NFL Draft and have no glaring holes in the roster (albeit help for the defensive front is on everyone's mind). If the goal was to plug the roster holes, the Rams free agency transactions would be a complete success. But the team may have upgraded the roster in the process.

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