Andrew Whitworth prepares for a Rams return that he knows isn’t a certainty

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Rams G.M. Les Snead has said that he expects tackle Andrew Whitworth to return in 2021. Whitworth hopes to return, but he’s a realist.

“The plan is to prepare myself to play and to plan to be back,” Whitworth recently told Gary Klein of the L.A. Times. “But obviously, I have no idea what’s going to happen with our salary-cap situation. . . . You go through the offseason, you make sure you check off all the things that are feeling good and doing great. . . . So, it’s a longer process than probably saying, ‘Hey, I’m back.’ It means I’m committed to being back and that’s the plan. Obviously, there’s a lot of work between now and then that has to go into that on a lot of different facets.”

Whitworth has a guaranteed roster bonus of $2.5 million, payable on March 19. He also has a non-guaranteed salary of $7.5 million. Given Whitworth’s skill level, $10 million isn’t an unreasonable investment. With the cap dropping, however, all bets are off; if the Rams can find a better dollar-for-dollar option, they could opt to move on.

Even if Whitworth stays, he knows that 2021 will be a very different year — beyond the trade that will send Jared Goff to Detroit.

“I try to explain to people that ask me around town, it’s like every August I show up I’m looking around the room like, ‘Oh yeah, that’s right this guy’s not here anymore,” Whitworth told Klein. “Oh, that’s right, he left in free agency.’ . . . That’s the nature of our business. We’re used to a different face every year. So, when you play that last game, one of the reasons guys are usually so upset when that last game happens is they’re like, ‘Man, this group of guys, I probably won’t ever play with again. And that usually holds true. It’s pretty rare when it’s not.”

Eventually, Whitworth will be on those those faces who is replaced. It could be as soon as this year. Even if it’s not, Whitworth seems to be bracing for the inevitability of it.

11 responses to “Andrew Whitworth prepares for a Rams return that he knows isn’t a certainty

  1. Whitworth is solid and dependable. Seems like a good investment for the Rams, even at his age. Brady is proving with each passing day that you shouldn’t look at a players age, look at their production and ability. Medical science and nutrition and exercise science has come a long way in the last 20 years, you can no longer say that an NFL player is done at 35, even a running back.

  2. A competent left tackle is a top priority. They don’t grow on trees. Pay Whit whatever you have to.

  3. The reduced salary cap is apparently a big variable this off-season. Some think the super-duper stars will get paid, the everyday players might get something approaching the league minimum, while the in-between players are the ones who stand a good chance of getting cut. Not sure, for LAR cap purposes, if Whitworth falls into the super-duper star status or the in-between status. Snead’s comments, according to the link in the article, are rather neutral (meaning, some might think they favor Whitworth, some might think they are not so favorable, and some might think they sound like typical GM-speak having a lot of words without indicating anything substantial).

  4. mrnoname says:
    March 7, 2021 at 2:16 pm
    Whitworth is solid and dependable. Seems like a good investment for the Rams, even at his age. Brady is proving with each passing day that you shouldn’t look at a players age, look at their production and ability. Medical science and nutrition and exercise science has come a long way in the last 20 years, you can no longer say that an NFL player is done at 35, even a running back.

    Emmitt Smith Cried at his retirement, saying “I told you so!!” Ages seems just a numbers now…

  5. It says something about scouting that no one can find anyone better than a 39 year old to play left tackle.
    At any other position, the second your contract reaches the 6 or 7 million dollar threshold, they’re looking to find a way to get you out of town. Especially at his age. You mean they can’t find a 25 year old with the skills to protect a QB and open holes for running backs?

  6. Matthew Stafford should put in his reservations for the best bedroom style rehab hospital suites he thinks LA has for the 2021 season.

    I’m not a Rams fan, or (Bengals…I think he had a great career in Cincy) fan

    Stafford needs a solid line.

    Debating Whitworth’s Worth, is debating way more mishandled $$$ replacing him and possibly Stafford – its worth just paying him to be there in the first place.

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