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  • Left tackle Andrew Whitworth, 37, to return to Rams in 2019

    Per ESPN this morning:



    The Los Angeles Rams announced that left tackle Andrew Whitworth will return for the 2019 season.

    The Rams' announcement came after Whitworth, 37, tweeted:

    Andrew Whitworth@awhitworth77
    “A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are built for”
    -John A. Shed

    Can’t wait for the opportunity to ride with the boys again! #keepmovingforward #squadup#letsride
    1,460
    8:20 AM - Feb 26, 2019
    A source told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Whitworth notified the Rams two days after the Super Bowl that he would be returning for the 2019 season.


    Whitworth would not publicly comment on his future plans immediately after the Rams' 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII, saying he would "let the offseason play out and kinda see what's best for the franchise, what's best for me, and we'll kind of see what happens."

    A four-time Pro Bowl selection, Whitworth has started 195 of the 199 games he has played in his 13 seasons. He spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals, who selected him in the second round (55th overall) of the 2006 draft.

  • #2
    Good to hear. What's his cap number?

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    • #3
      Good deal. The guy has done a nice job for us. Would love to get one more good season from him as we transition to his eventual replacement.

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      • #4
        I am pleased with this news. It would be boost to the team if he can stay injury free for another year. I think his character is such that I hope he can be involved with the Rams after his player days are complete.
        Last edited by isaacbruce4ever; -02-26-2019, 12:16 PM.
        “Oh, 100 percent,” Donald said. “I feel like the words, ‘Thank you,’ ain’t enough. You’ve got to show it... Instead of saying thank you — show it.”

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        • #5
          Certainly good news. I hope we can get Rodger Saffold re-signed as well for an acceptable amount. Hated seeing a chance he may get signed by the Vikings.

          Go Rams!

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          • #6
            Somewhere, Jared Goff is smiling.

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            • #7
              This is certainly very, very good news.

              Now, in order for us to have another deep run next year, we need one of the following:

              1) re-sign Saffold, start Allen/sign a tier 2-3 center
              2) start Noteboom, sign a tier 1 center

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              • #8
                Originally posted by fearsome foursome View Post
                Good to hear. What's his cap number?
                $16,659,168

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                • #9
                  It really would be great to bring Saffold back to accompany Big 'AW' on that left side.

                  Make Goff happy as Mike said above.



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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RockinRam View Post
                    This is certainly very, very good news.

                    Now, in order for us to have another deep run next year, we need one of the following:

                    1) re-sign Saffold, start Allen/sign a tier 2-3 center
                    2) start Noteboom, sign a tier 1 center
                    Good points but its hard to imagine they start Noteboom after Whitworth's announcement. The Rams extended Havenstein before the season so RT isn't an open spot either. Agree on the Center, but would add they may need to upgrade RG from Blythe. Point 1 about re-signing Saffold could be critical as well.

                    Go Rams!

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mde8352gorams View Post

                      Good points but its hard to imagine they start Noteboom after Whitworth's announcement. The Rams extended Havenstein before the season so RT isn't an open spot either. Agree on the Center, but would add they may need to upgrade RG from Blythe. Point 1 about re-signing Saffold could be critical as well.

                      Go Rams!
                      I should have clarified. I meant start Noteboom at LG to replace Saffold.

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                      • #12
                        195 starts out of 199 games. That's mindblowing. Great pickup by the Rams given he's been able to continue his habit of staying healthy.


                        Edit: Oops I read that wrong. But multiplying 13 seasons by 16 games a pop, means he's started 195 and played in 199 out of a possible 208 games. Still a mindblowing stat because that means he's only missed 9 games in his entire career (one of them being McVay's sit the starters in week 17).
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by RockinRam View Post

                          I should have clarified. I meant start Noteboom at LG to replace Saffold.
                          If he can play OG and we lose Saffold I'm all in. I did see a mock having us take Garrett Bradbury from NC St. at #31. We'll need to fill the LG spot after 2019 anyway.

                          Go Rams
                          Last edited by mde8352gorams; -03-01-2019, 11:38 AM.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RockinRam View Post
                            I should have clarified. I meant start Noteboom at LG to replace Saffold.
                            I know there have been some great left tackles in the history of the game that have played some time at left guard before eventually taking over the left tackle spot, so this isn't a bad plan by any means.

                            But personally, I'd prefer your first plan and to bring Saffold back. That's going to depend on some different factors, but I like the idea of Noteboom kind of learning from one of the best in the league for two years before stepping into that job, rather than bouncing back and forth for three years between outside and in. Hopefully Saffold wants to retire a Ram and they can make it happen.

                            I did notice that both of your options have the Rams apparently moving on from Sullivan. He's still on the roster for 2019. Do you think he should be cut?

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                            • #15
                              I think most of us would like to see Saffold come back, myself included. But I have some thoughts that the Rams are really looking to prepare the O-Line for the future which means going beyond another year or two. Saffold really benefited from having Whitworth beside him so if another team plans to offer him a ton of money they are overpaying, unless there's a stellar LT in place. I would like to see Saffold offer the Rams the "hometown discount" he mentioned during the season so the Rams have a bit of flexibility, but if he walks then I don't think the world will end.

                              As for Sullivan I think the same thoughts as LG. Give Allen to chance to prove he's a starter in camp and go from there. I really believe the Rams need to upgrade from Blythe. Not cut him just find a better starter. Overall the line will have to undergo some big changes over the next 2 years following Whitworth's retirement so getting the new players in place sooner rather than later could be critical. Getting younger on the line is where I believe the Rams want to go.

                              Go Rams!

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