The Los Angeles Rams locked up slot cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman on Tuesday, March 13. According to the team, it is a three-year deal for the slot corner and has a potential value of more than $15.75 million with $8 million in guaranteed money.
Robey-Coleman joins a revamped Rams secondary that includes Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib. The team also franchised Lamarcus Joyner earlier in the offseason.
The slot cornerback joined the team last season and immediately grew on fans. After replacing Joyner in the slot due to his move to safety, he totaled nearly fifty tackles while picking off two interceptions with nine passes defended.
Keeping Robey-Coleman alongside Peters and Talib will make things a lot easier for defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. He led an all-time great defensive secondary in Denver with Talib and Chris Harris in 2014.
With the San Francisco 49ers on the rise with Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm, as well as the flurry of other top quarterbacks in the NFC that include Carson Wentz, Aaron Rogers, Russell Wilson, and Drew Brees, the Rams should make things difficult for opposing quarterbacks.
Free agency is far from over for the Rams. With Sammy Watkins going to the Kansas City Chiefs, Les Snead will have that $14 million to spend elsewhere with plenty of holes on the roster.
The team is in desperate need of linebackers and could add more secondary depth as well as offensive linemen and pass rushers. Adding a receiver to replace Watkins wouldn’t hurt either.
Players they could look at could be wide receiver Jordy Nelson, center Ryan Jensen, linebacker Avery Williamson and others.
With free agency “officially” starting on Wednesday and plenty of cap space, there could be quite a few new faces coming to Los Angeles by this time next week.