The NFL Champions, The Los Angeles Rams tied linebacker Travin Howard this Saturday for the 2022 season. and now they can focus their efforts on renew its star Aaron Donald.
Howard was the one who intercepted San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo in the decisive play of the NFC finals that secured the Rams’ trip to Super Bowl LVI, which they ultimately beat the Cincinnati Bengals .
The Longview, Texas, native had 21 tackles and three pass blocks last season, and the interception in the NFC title game was the first in his career with the Rams since 2019.
With the renewal of Howard the only thing missing from coach Sean McVay’s squad is the renewal of the soul of the defense that led them to the title; Aaron Donaldteam leader with 12.5 sacks and 84 tackles in 2021.
Rams defensive coordinator Raheem Morris wants his rushing defense to improve from the sixth position it ranked in rushing yards allowed in the championship season.
The base is practically the same. with A’Shawn Robinson, Greg Gaines, Michael Hoecht, Marquise Copeland Bobby Brown, Jonah Williams and Ernest Brown on the line.
Howard’s permanence added to the arrival of Bobby Wagner, who a couple of weeks ago left the Seattle Seahawks for a five-year, $50 million contract, puts the Rams in position to successfully defend the NFL title.
In addition to strengthening its defense, the offense has also managed to maintain its backbone.
His quarterback Matthew Stafford renewed for four more years, center Brian Allen did it for three seasons, the same for which offensive lineman Joseph Noteboom extended his contract, although they suffered the retirement of Andrew Whitworth, Walter Payton 2021 award.
In free agency they also landed receiver Allen Robinson, a former Chicago Bears and one-time Pro Bowl selection, who will complement an aerial attack that highlights the all-star Cooper Kup, winner of the triple crown in 2021.
Coach McVay can rest easy even with his special teams signing kicker Matt Gay to another year.
Gay, a first-time Pro Bowl selection in 2021, made 32 of 34 field goals and 48 of 49 extra point attempts during the regular season. In the playoffs he hit 8 of 10 3-point attempts and 11 extra points.
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Rams focus on re-signing Aaron Donald after tying up Travin Howard