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Rams apply first-round tender to Dominique Easley

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The Rams signed defensive tackle Dominique Easley after the Patriots released the 2014 first-round draft pick. And now that Easley is eligible for free agency, the Rams have a fairly cheap way to keep him from leaving.

The Rams, per a league source, have applied the low-level, original-round tender to Easley. It allows them to keep him for $1.797 million, and to get a first-round pick if someone else signs him to an offer sheet that the Rams don’t match.

Easley appeared in all 16 games (zero starts) last year, with 3.5 sacks. He appeared in 11 games in 2014 and 11 games in 2015 with the Patriots, started three times.

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10 Responses to “Rams apply first-round tender to Dominique Easley”
  1. maust1013 says: Mar 7, 2017 3:42 PM

    Easley was a reach and a rare first round miss by Belichick. With how low they usually draft it’s surprising it hasn’t happened more often.

  2. pattyarbuccholz says: Mar 7, 2017 3:48 PM

    Good deal for them. Cheap money and more depth. Good move.

  3. d0naldjtrump says: Mar 7, 2017 3:56 PM

    “Easley was a reach and a rare first round miss by Belichick. With how low they usually draft it’s surprising it hasn’t happened more often.”

    He was a top-10 talent with YUGE injury concerns who flashed fairly consistently when he could get on the field. He was not truly a reach at 29 (more of a gamble). Also I can come up with several first round misses by William off the top of my head (L. Maroney, B. Meriweather, & D. Graham) and count them on my tiny, infantile fingers – SAD analysis.

  4. heroofthisparish says: Mar 7, 2017 4:08 PM

    Doesn’t original round tender max out at a 3rd round pick?

    Still good business for the Rams either way as Easley was very good in the D-line rotation.

  5. bobthebillsfan says: Mar 7, 2017 4:08 PM

    The Rams don’t need to worry, no one is going to offer a 1st round pick. Good move on their part.

  6. tylawspick6 says: Mar 7, 2017 4:12 PM

    This guy screams talent, but he may not have the knee health to have the career he should have.

    He appeared to do some freelancing and wasn’t on board with the rehab program in NE, which means you sent to NFL purgatory.

    Enjoy, Dominique.

  7. heroofthisparish says: Mar 7, 2017 4:13 PM

    Nevermind. Just read elsewhere it works out as a 2nd rounder. So still not a first.

  8. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 7, 2017 4:18 PM

    He was too small to play DT in NEs new D, Branch Brown Valentine are big guys. That, character concerns and bad knees is why Bill sent him backing. Hes like Darius Butler didnt fit in the defense Bill would run but not a terrible rotational guy. Rams were able to get a good deal with the tender since the original pick tender (cheapest) was assigned but the compensation is a 1st.

  9. maust1013 says: Mar 7, 2017 5:11 PM

    maust1013 says:
    Mar 7, 2017 4:58 PM
    d0naldjtrump says:
    Mar 7, 2017 3:56 PM
    He was a top-10 talent with YUGE injury concerns who flashed fairly consistently when he could get on the field. He was not truly a reach at 29 (more of a gamble). Also I can come up with several first round misses by William off the top of my head (L. Maroney, B. Meriweather, & D. Graham) and count them on my tiny, infantile fingers – SAD analysis.
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    The injury concerns were what made him a reach in the first since they were what caused his stock to drop and caused him to be projected as a low 2nd to mid 3rd round choice. Maroney was no pro bowler but he had a few productive years, not a home run but hardly a miss. Meriweather was a pro bowler that had a 9 year career. Graham was an outstanding blocker as well as an integral part of 2 Super Bowl teams, he enjoyed an 11 year career.

    SAD analysis indeed

  10. exinsidetrader says: Mar 7, 2017 5:37 PM

    How does it feel for guys like this and Jones that get sent packing and the Pats win the SuperBowl without them anyway.

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