Less than five months after extending Ogletree, Rams unload him

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In mid-October, the Rams extended the contract of linebacker Alex Ogletree. And now they’ve traded him to the Giants.

“Alec has evolved into a true leader of our football team and we are excited to sign him to this extension,” General Manager Les Snead said at the time regarding the 2013 first-rounder pick. “His teammates voted him as a captain in back-to-back seasons for a reason – and it’s not only because of his production, but his character and resiliency. We look forward to Alec helping our team emerge as a consistent winner for years to come.”

The trade avoids a $7 million roster bonus that Ogletree is due to earn next Friday, along with $3 million base salary that is fully guaranteed. The move to dump a player regarded so highly by the team less than five months after giving him a four-year extension underscores the reality that the Rams have some difficult to decisions to make as young, capable players become eligible for new contracts. The trade of Robert Quinn coupled with the trade of Ogletree shows that tough decisions will have to be made when it comes to managing the cap — and that the front office will be facing plenty of pressure when it comes to addressing roster needs with younger, cheaper players.

As the new league year approaches, attention now turns to another 2013 first-rounder selection — receiver Tavon Austin, who is expected to be released if he’s not traded. The cash and cap savings will be devoted, sooner than later, to players like defensive tackle Aaron Donald and, perhaps more immediately, receiver Sammy Watkins.

12 responses to “Less than five months after extending Ogletree, Rams unload him

  1. This seems like very poor planning.
    A cap specialist is supposed to let the GM know what their cap will look like teh following year.
    To give an extension in October and regret it a few months later is unusual to say the least.

    Did Ogletree start slacking off?

  2. Im sort of happy as a Giants fan. We havent had a legit/healthy LB’er since Antonio Pierce. The supplemental 4th hurts, but its fair. Ogletree doesnt look like a guy who slacks off so this is purely a money move by the Rams. They should have thought of this a few months ago….but they didnt. It happens.

  3. This trade is because they are going to make the mistake of paying Donald 20+ million a season to play D tackle.

    That contract will ruin this team. As good as Donald is you don’t win championships because of D tackles. You could get 75% of his production for less than half the cost. Save that money and build a balanced roster.

  4. Actually, you do win championships with defensive tackles. Ask Vince Wilfork, Warren Sapp and a host of others. Defensive tackles are primarily supposed to be stout against the run and keep offensive lineman from blocking linebackers on the second level. If you have one that can rush the passer as well, which is in the case with Donald, you also have a player that makes everybody in the secondary’s job easier and forces the pocket to collapse, which makes life easier for edge rushers.

  5. I will say this though. You can’t expect players to be loyal to teams, when they extend you, tell you you and your family, you’ll be living somewhere for a long time and then ship you off six months later even though you’ve been playing at an extremely high level.

  6. Rams ran a 3-4 defense last year with a bunch of 4-3 players. They’re now transitioning to play a 3-4 defense with 3-4 players.

    Ogletree doesn’t hold up against the run and you can’t have that from your inside linebackers. Yes, that contract was a mistake for a guy who isn’t among the best at his position, but we knew that at the time.

  7. This is simply Phillips building his defence. Last year was all about correcting the offence, and Phillips worked with what he had. Now he is tasked with improving the defence and the freedom to make moves to get players that fit. I loved Tree, but he was not a great fit in the 3-4. This gives cap room to make more moves this season, and plan for the inevitable large contracts coming. I have a lot of faith in Phillips. The D should be interesting this year. Even if they only marginally improve, the Rams could be scary.

  8. canadianfan33 says:
    March 8, 2018 at 8:09 am
    This is simply Phillips building his defence. Last year was all about correcting the offence, and Phillips worked with what he had. Now he is tasked with improving the defence and the freedom to make moves to get players that fit. I loved Tree, but he was not a great fit in the 3-4. This gives cap room to make more moves this season, and plan for the inevitable large contracts coming. I have a lot of faith in Phillips. The D should be interesting this year. Even if they only marginally improve, the Rams could be scary.

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    Funny how for years, most of you did not think very highly of Wade Phillips. Many of you even said the Broncos were stupid for hiring him. He does a great job with the Broncos and now you all suddenly love and appreciate him.. Interesting

  9. For the record, I have never said anything against Phillips. I get what you are saying, nut I was not one of the detractors. I was excited when the rams hired him.

  10. For the record, I have never said anything against Phillips. I get what you are saying, but I was not one of the detractors. I was excited when the rams hired him.

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