Dante Fowler is returning to the Los Angeles Rams. Let’s take a look at what that means going forward in 2019. The news originally broke that Fowler signed for $14 million on a one-year deal. That was higher than most expected with Fowler still needing to prove himself in the NFL. I wanted Fowler back. I think he has a lot to offer being so young. That amount though is a little steep for me.
Fowler has underperformed in his short NFL career. However, the Rams got the most out of him. Fowler graded the best he ever has under Wade Phillips. He also looked like he was coming into his own as a player in L.A. toward the season’s end. Fowler has double-digit sack potential. But for now it is just that, potential.
The details of Fowler’s deal have now come out and it looks better than it did originally. It appears the contract is a one year “prove-it” deal. Perfect considering the potential and lack of production. If Fowler doesn’t live up to expectations, the Rams can move on in 2020. If Fowler reaches 10+ sacks, the Rams can give him a long-term deal.
Per Tom Pelissero, the contract has $9 million in base salary with a $3 million roster bonus. The contract totals $12 million, the Rams added $2 million in incentives. That certainly looks better for the Rams going forward. Let’s hope he earns the whole $14 million in 2019. That would mean the Rams hit it big with this deal.
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This deal also has zero effect on the compensatory pick formula. With the Rams losing Lamarcus Joyner, Rodger Saffold and likely Ndamukong Suh to free agency, the Rams could be in line for more compensatory picks in 2020. Les Snead has shown an ability to find good players in the middle rounds.
For 2019, Fowler remains in horns. We hope he finally lives up to his status as a former third overall pick. If he does, he can cash in during 2020 at the age of 25. It will also mean that the Rams may be stacked on defense again. Fowler made an impact in the playoffs this year. Let’s hope we see even more success from him going forward.
Sources: Tom Pelissero