It’s official, the Rams were unable to come to a deal with homegrown inside backer Cory Littleton and so he has made his way to Las Vegas to be a part of the newly moved Las Vegas Raiders. Littleton agreed in part to a three-year contract with the Raiders this afternoon which is worth up to $36 million according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 17, 2020
Littleton leaves the Rams at 26 years old, his play only improving and most importantly a giant hole right in the middle of their defense. The former Washington Husky went undrafted in the 2016 NFL Draft and was signed as an undrafted rookie free agent by the Rams. The team ended up keeping him through the final roster cuts and from there he went on to become a special teams ace for the former special teams coordinator John Fassel’s unit. Not long after that, the Rams noticed his abilities and his improvements on the defensive side of the ball and made him the starter.
Littleton in four seasons with the Rams accumulated a combined total of 315 tackles, 110 assisted, 8.5 sacks, 6 interceptions, 3 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 26 pass breakups, 14 quarterback hits, 20 tackles for a loss, 5 blocked punts and a touchdown in 64 games and 30 starts. This is a big loss for the Rams and could come back to seriously haunt them if they don’t replace him correctly.
The Rams appear to be banking on the in-house options with free agents flying off the board and not a ton of cap space available. Travin Howard and Micah Kiser appear to be the two front-runners in line for the starting inside backer jobs. However, do not be surprised if the Rams look in the 2020 NFL Draft.