The Los Angeles Rams have reportedly agreed to bring back OG/C Austin Blythe on a 1-year deal. The news broke on the Rams’ official Twitter account, but contract details haven’t been revealed yet.
The Rams appear to be working on the offensive line first during the 2020 offseason. Blythe was originally slated to be the Rams’ starting guard in 2019, but shifted over to center when Brian Allen suffered a season-ending injury. In truth, Blythe seen more success at center than guard despite having a decent season at guard in 2018.
Blythe was initially drafted in the seventh round (248th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Iowa. The Indianapolis Colts eventually cut him and ended up on the Rams’ roster in 2017. He started 31 of 32 games the past two season. His durability, versatility and reliability is likely the reasons the Rams opted to keep him around at least one more season.
It’s not clear if the Rams will continue to start Blythe at center or shift him back to guard. This is the step in the right direction though. Now the question remains if they will be able to bring back LT Andrew Whitworth.