Los Angeles Rams Free Agent Preview: Nick Fairley, Janoris Jenkins, Mark Barron Returning?

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Feb 16, 2016 03:53 PM EST
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Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks
Janoris Jenkins #21 of the St. Louis Rams breaks up a pass intended for Doug Baldwin #89 of the Seattle Seahawks in the third quarter at the Edward Jones Dome on October 19, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Seahawks 28-26. "

Los Angeles Rams Salary Cap: $39,083,310

Free Agents: 19

Case Keenum (QB/Age: 27): The Rams have stated that they are not going to let Case Keenum go however it is unlikely he starts in Los Angeles. Keenum did not play a whole lot in 2015 as Nick Foles came in and largely underwhelmed. Foles was so bad he was benched and Keenum proved to be the more reliable player. Keenum finished the season with an 87.7 quarterback rating, even for such a small sample size that is not half bad. Keenum will likely remain with the Rams as the primary backup.

Janoris Jenkins (CB/Age: 27): Jenkins will be one of the most sought after cornerbacks in this free agent class and could have a huge contract when it is all said and done. Jenkins played and started in 15 games in 2015 and recorded 64 combined tackles, 15 pass defenses, 3 interceptions, and a forced fumble. The Rams could hit Jenkins with a transition tag which would make it easier for them to retain his services however that is hardly a guarantee.

Trumaine Johnson (CB/Age: 26): Johnson was the most productive cornerback on this team in 2015 and recorded an astounding 7 interceptions, 17 pass defenses, 71 combined tackles, and a defensive touchdown while starting in only 13 games. Johnson seemingly transitioned to a top flight cornerback over night and has finally become an active playmaker. Johnson is likely to hit the market and cornerback hungry teams are likely to overpay for his services.

Mark Barron (OLB/Age: 26): Mark Barron made the transition from safety to outside linebacker in 2015 and had a pretty solid season. Barron might have found the position he was meant to play as he recorded 116 combined tackles, a sack, 5 pass defenses, and 3 forced fumbles. Barron could embody the new cover linebacker archetype that the league has fallen in love with and could see a lot of interest on the free agent market.

Nick Fairley (CB/Age: 28): Fairley saw his season come to an end when he was placed on injured reserve with a concussion however he is still remembered as a dominant interior defender and great at stopping the run. Fairley should draw some solid interest this offseason.

William Hayes (CB/Age: 30): Hayes came into replace Chris Long as the starter for the remainder of the season. Hayes did a pretty decent job racking up 53 combined tackles, 5.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles. Either Long or Hayes will hit free agency and currently it seems as if Long will be the player released.

Brian Quick (WR/Age: 26): Quick has shown flashes of his playmaking ability however has not had a consistent enough quarterback to get him the ball. Quick should land with a more pass friendly offense.

 

 

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