A look at LA

The Los Angeles Rams continue to light up the offseason. They acquired Marcus Peters just last week from the Chiefs in a blockbuster trade. Now they continue to make moves that make their fans drool.

When the Chiefs got Marcus Peters and placed a franchise tag on fellow defensive back Lamarcus Joyner, it looked like they had settled for their unit. A franchise tag is an option that a NFL team has that allows them to keep a player who might otherwise leave the team for free agency. They then have to pay the player a set amount. This year for Lamarcus Joyner’s position the amount is $11.287 million. Now they are still making moves with their defensive back unit.

The Rams have acquired Aqib Talib from the Denver Broncos. They got him for their fifth round pick in this years’ NFL draft. Talib has been in the NFL for ten seasons now, and has been on three different teams.

He was originally drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2008 draft. He was selected in the first round at number 20 overall. While in Tampa Talib played in 58 games and started in 45 of them. He snagged a total of 18 interceptions and batted away 52 passes. Talib was then shipped out to New England to join the Patriots. There he started in 18 out of 19 games and tallied a total of five interceptions and 15 pass deflections.

Talib finally landed in Denver, where he spent the last four years of his NFL career. While there he managed to make 11 interceptions and had 50 pass deflections. Talib is a five-time Pro-Bowler and a one-time All-Pro member. He was selected to the Pro Bowl all four years that he was in Denver, but only once while in New England.

Los Angeles’ defensive back unit continued making moves by signing veteran cornerback Sam Shields. Sam Shields is a one time Pro-Bowler and a Super Bowl Champion. He was an undrafted free agent that was signed by the Green Bay Packers.

Sam played seven seasons with the Packers. He appeared in their 11 playoff games, including a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLV. While playing in Green Bay Sam pulled down 18 interceptions and had 67 pass deflections. Sam Shields sat out for a couple of seasons and may not be as great as he was when he left. In fact he only played one game with Green Bay in 2016.

The Rams haven’t only been loading talent onto their roster; they’ve been unloading as well. They traded away Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants. They acquired a fourth and sixth round pick for this year by sending Ogletree and a seventh-round pick to the Giants.

Ogletree is a five-year veteran who played his whole career with the Rams: first when they were in St. Louis, then later after they moved to Los Angeles. He has totaled six interceptions, 367 tackles, and 135 assisted tackles in those five seasons. He has now leaving the organization and heading to New York.

It’s rumored that some of his teammates weren’t happy with the trade. Will the Giants’ defense gain from the trade? What about the Rams? Will they continue to make mind-blowing moves? We’ll have to watch and see as this offseason continues to unfold.

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James Kappes is a sports columnist for The Lorian.

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