In a bizarre turn of events, DL Michael Brockers is staying with the Los Angeles Rams on a 3-year deal worth up to $31.5 million. This comes after the Baltimore Ravens and Brockers were unable to agree to contract terms, according to NFL Insider, Ian Rapoport.
It’s unclear as to the specific reason why the deal in Baltimore didn’t come to fruition, but speculation is because of concerns of a high ankle sprain. While official NFL physicals can’t be conducted due to concerns of the COVID-19 pandemic, it was enough for the Ravens to reconsider their offer.
It didn’t take long for the Rams to swoop in and reclaim the former LSU Tiger. It’s no secret that many players on the Rams respect Brockers and he is undoubtedly a valuable asset to the defense. Brockers back on the team certainly improves the defense in more ways than one. His versatility alone is one of the most coveted part of his game.
As odd as this situation is, it has actually happened to the Rams recently. During the 2014 free agency period, OG Rodger Saffold agreed to a 5-year, $42.5 million contract with the Oakland Raiders. A little later, news broke that Saffold failed his physical and ended up signing with the St. Louis Rams instead.
Bringing back Brockers didn’t come cheap. The Rams were pinching pennies as it is, but may have ended their free agency with this signing. They must save a little space for the 2020 NFL Draft prospects and still have to either sign K Greg Zuerlein or find his replacement.