The Los Angeles Rams began the official first day of the new NFL year by closing negotiations with some key players not under contract. However, the Rams also lost some key free agents from the 2016 season.

The Rams spent the first day of free agency inking some of their own free agents including linebacker Mark Barron, defensive end William Hayes, receiver Brian Quick and center Tim Barnes.

Barron turned down an opportunities to play his natural safety position, elsewhere.

Los Angeles resigned Barron as a hybrid linebacker and safety.

The team also resigned another player thrust into the starting lineup in 2015.

Hayes received a deal worth an annual $7 mill. per year, after replacing long-time defensive end Chris Long in the starting lineup for 2015.

Meanwhile, the team offered quarterback Case Keenum a first-round-tender, which brings a one-year $3.635 mill. offer.

The Rams may still add another player at quarterback via the NFL Draft or Free Agency. However, Keenum said he feels like the team is treating him as the starter.

The team also inked two lower-profile free agents. They resigned Barnes after his first year as the starting center.

Quick returns on a one-year deal after battling injuries over his career.

Unfortunately, the Rams made more news with the players they failed resigning.

Former Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins joined the New York Giants.

Jenkins’ deal with the Giants makes him one of the highest-paid corners in the league.

Also in the secondary, starting free safety Rodney McLeod signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

McLeod started every game at safety for the Rams, over the past three seasons.

The Rams must rebound by continuing to retain key players from their solid defense, and finding Free Agent replacements for those signing elsewhere.

 

 

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