Joe Noteboom says his contract shows Rams believe in him to replace Andrew Whitworth

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The Rams lost their longtime left tackle Andrew Whitworth to retirement this offseason, but they re-signed Joe Noteboom with plans to hand him the left tackle job. Noteboom took that contract as a vote of confidence.

“The best part is knowing the coaches have the confidence in you to sign you back to a contract here and put you in that spot,” Noteboom said, via ESPN. “But it’s also a challenge. Being the guy now comes with a little more responsibility. It’s motivating more than ever.”

Noteboom’s contract is a three-year, $40 million deal with $25 million guaranteed. That’s a lot of money for a player who was a backup last season, but Noteboom says the four years he has spent with the Rams gave him plenty of opportunities to learn from Whitworth and understand what it takes to do the job.

“It was a perfect situation [to learn],” Noteboom said. “There was no other guy in the league I’d rather have been behind for those four years. That gives me confidence going into it.”

Noteboom has big shoes to fill, but he believes he’s up to the task. And the Rams agree.

5 responses to “Joe Noteboom says his contract shows Rams believe in him to replace Andrew Whitworth

  1. Am happy to see this work out. Noteboom has never let the Rams down when he stepped in at left tackle. Is excellent in pass blocking. Although the Rams will lose something in the run game, Noteboom should still anchor the Rams line.

  2. Probowl quality offensive left tackles, who protect a right handed QB’s blindsided, are worth their weight in gold. Big Whit will be hard to replace.

  3. I expected Noteboom to be the starter right after Whitworth announced his retirement.I’m very happy that he’s happy. He was great last season and a big reason for the Rams Super Bowl run.

  4. Whitworth’s play was slipping. Noteboom is good, and is going to get better.

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