Rams not expected to exercise 2016 option on Mark Barron’s contract


The Rams only had one pick in the first round of the 2012 draft, but they have a pair of decisions to make about 2016 options on first rounders.

They selected defensive tackle Michael Brockers and traded for safety Mark Barron last year after the Buccaneers decided to part ways with the  seventh overall pick. Reports on Monday indicate that they will exercise their option on Brockers’s deal, but Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that they won’t do the same with Barron.

Neither move is much of a surprise. As illustrated by Tampa’s willingness to deal Barron for fourth- and sixth-round picks in this year’s draft, the safety hasn’t lived up to the expectations that came with his draft position. Since that draft position called for him to be paid the equivalent of the top 10 best-paid safeties in the league in 2016, the Rams will see what develops this season before deciding whether to pursue another deal with Barron.

Barron played all 16 games last year, starting seven for the Bucs before the trade and then mostly playing off the bench in St. Louis for the rest of the year. He has 248 tackles and three interceptions over his three seasons.

10 responses to “Rams not expected to exercise 2016 option on Mark Barron’s contract

  1. The College Football Playoff will continue to expose Alabama defensive players as totally overrated. The look good when they play against the terrible SEC offenses.

  2. Remember, this is who Tampa drafted specifically to cover Jimmy Graham. Now Jimmy’s back in the same division as Barron and Barron’s team is ready to let Barron leave.

  3. And Buc fans who wonder why you have the first pick Thursday, Schiano and Dominic drafted this guy with a high first round pick. He’s about to be out of the league. Ouch.

  4. He’s not a horrible player, he just hasn’t been worth anything close to his selection. He’s actually a poster child for never taking a box safety in the first two rounds of the draft. There’s tons of these guys coming out of college that will never have the speed to keep up with NFL receivers. That being said, he found a niche in St Louis and his increased playing time as a hybrid SS/LB corresponded with the Rams defense turning the corner last season.

  5. jimmysee says:
    Apr 27, 2015 4:55 PM
    One way to hold interest is to have Kim Kardashian read the late round picks.
    You’d have to teach her how to read first.

  6. Anyone saying he’s a bust or about to be out of the league – or hell anyone saying he was “playing off the bench” in STL – didn’t watch him play in Williams’ system. He was assigned a very specific role and played incredibly well for the Rams. He’s an aggressive, hard hitting safety and was utilized that way – very successfully – on the Rams.

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