After the dust settled following a fairly active first 24 hours of free agency for the Los Angeles Rams, where the organization signed a wide receiver and left tackle, they took a few days to plan their next moves and got back to work addressing positions of need.
Following some roster cuts and depth concerns, it is evident they still need to bolster the offensive line after starting center Tim Barnes was released this past weekend.
Yesterday, the Rams signed Buffalo Bills center Ryan Groy to a two year offer sheet, however, he is not a Ram just yet. Groy is a restricted free agent, which means the Bills will have the right to match the offer within five days. Groy filled in admirably for injured Eric Wood last season as he started about half of the 2016 season and was the staple of a potent Buffalo rushing attack. Groy is also linked to new offensive line coach Aaron Kromer as they were both in Buffalo last season.
Restricted free agent C Ryan Groy has an offer. Find out what that means for the #Rams
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 15, 2017
If the Rams are fortunate enough to land Groy, they will not owe the Bills any compensation, as he was an undrafted free agent in 2014 and was given an original round tender by Buffalo.
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With Trumaine Johnson’s future as a Ram still up in the air and the defensive backfield being another position of concern, it was important that the Rams could shore up the back end somehow. Yesterday, the team was able to land a player with ties to his former Denver coach, Wade Phillips.
Cornerback and special teams ace, Kayvon Webster, signed with LA on a two year deal worth up to $12M. After seeing his playing time on defensive dip with the emergence of Broncos corner Bradley Roby, Webster was looking to make the most of his free agency opportunity by finding a spot where he would see increased snaps. As previously mentioned, Webster was a stud on special teams, but it is believed he could be an asset for the club in one of the corner spots. Here are some of the new Ram’s career highlights:
Last, but certainly not least, Los Angeles committed to “Greg the Leg” as their kicker on a three year deal. Greg Zuerlein has spent his whole NFL career with the Rams since he was drafted in 2012. Zuerlein was much more reliable this past season, after a shaky 2015 campaign, and as fans know, he’s always a threat to hit from over 60 yards. Kickers are people too.