Los Angeles Rams acquired the defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. from Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday for a third round draft…
Los Angeles Rams acquired the defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. from Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday for a third round draft in 2019 and a fifth round in 2020.
He will be an unlimited free agent after this season.
Fowler joins a loaded Rams defensive line rotation that already contains Aaron Donald, who heads NFL with 10 sacks, Ndamukong Suh and Michael Brockers. All four players are formerly first rounds. Fowler took the third overall election in the 2015 draft, Donald chose 13th in 2014, Suh others in 2010 and Brockers 14th 2012.
The 24-year-old Fowler has eight tackles and two sacks in seven matches with the Jaguars (3-5) this season and has 14 sacks and 22 quarterback hits in 39 career games.
Fowler has had a long list of questions outside the field. He has been arrested twice, has been involved in several internships, was captured on video apparently stating a conflict between his girlfriend and his child’s mother and has been issued more than 1
0 traffic quotes over a two-year period. He earned a week-end in training camp for his latest training team, which involved defensive exit Yannick Ngakoue, and was suspended for the season opener due to the fact that he did not demand any competitions due to batteries, criminal accidents and petite theft that came from July 2017 arrest in his hometown St. Petersburg, Florida.
Fowler’s production on the field has not addressed these problems, which was partly due to the refusal of the team to retrieve its fifth-year option in May. Fowler missed his rookie season with a torn ACL and had 8.0 sacks last season. He also had two in Jaguar’s AFC Championship Game loss to New England in January.
Fowler has not had any off-field problems since his arrest in July 2017 and said in August that he knew his long-term NFL future – and a potential big payday – were equally dependent on playing well and avoiding problems outside the field.
The Rams has been looking for an edge rusher since trading outside linebacker Robert Quinn to Miami Dolphins in the off season and allows Connor Barwin, outside the line-backer, to resign in the free agency.
Second year’s pro Samson Ebukam has maintained a presence on the edge through eight games, but the role that opposed Ebukam has been in flux.
The Rams moved former first round selects Dominique Easley from inside the line to the edge before the start of the season. However, Easley, who came from the third major knee operation of his college career, was placed on injured reserve after having undergone another procedure on his knee after a week 3 win over Los Angeles Chargers.
Matt Longacre, who underwent season-ending his back surgery last season, has started the last five games in Easley’s absence. Longacre has nine tackles, but has not recorded a bag.
Ramsna followed several editors in the draft this year, including John Franklin-Myers, Ogbonnia Okoronkwo and Trevon Young.
Young, a sixth-round pick from Louisville, has seen time in rotation; However, he was inactive against Green Bay Packers due to a back injury. Franklin-Myers has been used in specific packages and Okoronkwo, a fifth round pick from Oklahoma, was placed on the PUP list after undergoing offseason foot surgery. The frames must decide to activate Okoronkwo or place him on the injured reserve at the beginning of week 10.
Even the Tuesdays resigned from the offensive guard Jamon Brown. Brown was the only veteran reserve on the offensive. The only backup currently available is rookie Joseph Noteboom and rookie Brian Allen.
ESPN Michael DiRocco and Lindsey Thiry contributed to this report.