As the offseason continues for the NFL, teams continue to look for replacements when players chose to leave. For the Los Angeles Rams, their star outside linebacker Dante Fowler chose to sign a large deal with the Atlanta Falcons. The team decided to go another route to replace him, bringing in former Bears OLB Leonard Floyd.
Leonard Floyd was just cut by the Chicago Bears yesterday, as a result of the team giving Robert Quinn a five-year, $70 million deal. Floyd’s deal is $10 million with incentives and bonuses up to $13 million. He was owed $13.5 million this year before being cut by the Bears.
Floyd is a former 1st-round pick from the 2016 NFL Draft. He comes off a season where he only accumulated 3.5 total sacks and 40 tackles. Injuries have plagued the inside linebacker, but even then the pass rusher failed to meet the expectations the Bears had when they drafted him. Even after pairing him up with former DPOY Khalil Mack, Floyd failed to produce at a high enough level.
Floyd does a great job creating quarterback pressure. For the Rams, their defense has quite a few pieces this offseason. He may be suited better alongside defensive lineman Aaron Donald. Above all, a new setting may be exactly what Floyd needs to reach star status.
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