Rams give LB James Laurinaitis a five-year, $41.5 million extension


Rams give LB James Laurinaitis a five-year, $41.5 million extension

Middle linebackers don't usually earn big money contracts in spite of their often high-profile roles with their teams. That's why St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis should be proud to have inked a five-year, $41.5 million contract extension which includes $23.5 million in guarantees. Laurinaitis is entering the final year of his rookie contract and will make $620,000 this year. The Rams are going the extra mile to secure their front seven defenders.

Fantasy Analysis:

Laurinaitis had 142 total tackles last season, good enough to make him a very reliable IDP in tackle-heavy scoring formats. He's entering his fourth season out of Ohio State. The Rams' defense could improve dramatically this season with the additions of rookie DT Michael Brockers @MichaelBrockers and last year's first round pick, DE Robert Quinn @RQuinn94, continuing to grow as a pass rusher. Not to menion DE Chris Long who is the team's defensive leader along with Laurinaitis. The Rams also added CB Cortland Finnegan @CortFinnegan and CB Janoris Jenkins @JjenkzLockdown through the draft. There will be growing pains for the younger guys, but the Rams are on the right track defensively.


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