The LA Rams defensive line is a bigger problem than you may realize
By Reese Evans
NFL Free Agency
When many hear the option of shopping in the NFL Free agency market, the expectation immediately launches into the marquis names that are easily recognizable. But the most successful free agent strategy is not to sign the most expensive player, but rather to sign the most cost-effective player.
Ogbonnia Okoronkwo, Edge Rusher
A reunion for OLB Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and the LA Rams could be in order this offseason. Why? Because the edge rusher started just six games last season and recorded five sacks, one forced fumble, and 32 solo tackles. He showed pass-rush moves that Rams fans did not see during his time in Los Angeles.
Ogbonnia was drafted by the Rams in the fifth round of the 2018 NFL Draft and struggled to form a role in the defense. According to spotrac.com Okoronkwo made a base salary of $3.25 million and earned every penny. The outside linebacker produced when given the opportunity. Los Angeles will not break the bank for Okoronkwo, nor should he ask for anything over $5 million per season.
Yannick Ngakoue, Edge Rusher
If LA Rams GM Les Snead decides to spend money on the defense this offseason, defensive end/outside linebacker Yannick Ngakoue would be the ideal target. According to footballreference.com, Ngakoue has recorded at least eight sacks per year in his seven seasons in the NFL. He's a proven pass rusher that would pair nicely with Rams' Aaron Donald. Yannick would be much more expensive than Okoronko, but you're paying for a proven pass rusher with a track record of staying healthy.
Following the Indianapolis Colts' decision to void Ngakoue's contract, the edge rusher will be a premier free-agent target for most NFL teams. The LA Rams could be the right destination for the veteran free agent and combined with the incentive of playing alongside Aaron Donald, Ngakoue joining the Rams could be a perfect fit.