Per Ian Rapoport, the Rams resigned outside linebacker Dante Fowler to a one-year deal worth $14 million. One of their biggest offseason needs was edge rusher, and the Rams addressed that by bringing back one of their most productive defensive players as of late.
Dante Fowler, 24, played at the University of Florida before being taken by the Jaguars with the 3rd overall pick in the 2015 draft. Although he didn’t play his rookie season due to an ACL tear during minicamp, Fowler remained productive for the Jaguars on defense, recording 14.0 sacks, 64 tackles, and 22 QB hits in 39 games. Fowler was traded mid-season to the Rams in 2018 when the Jaguars declined to pick up his $14.2 million 5th year option.
Fowler is considered to be one of the Rams most underrated players, but he has proven to come up big in high-stake games. Even though the Jaguars lost to the Patriots in the AFC championship last year, Fowler was extremely productive, recording 2.0 sacks. In addition, he made arguably the most clutch play of the season for the Rams, hitting QB Drew Brees in overtime during the NFC championship game, forcing an interception which ultimately sent the Rams to the Super Bowl.