L.A. Rams match the offer sheet for Malcolm Brown
The Los Angeles Rams have matched the Detroit Lions’ offer sheet for running back Malcolm Brown, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
The Lions’ offer was for two years and $3.25 million. The contract features $1 million in guaranteed money.
With the Rams opting to bring back Brown, this seems to indicate that Los Angeles will not be re-signing C.J. Anderson, who is also a free agent. Brown will obviously serve as the backup to Todd Gurley.
The 25-year-old played in 12 games this past season, rushing for 212 yards on 43 carries while hauling in five receptions for 52 yards and a touchdown.
Brown, who played his collegiate football at the University of Texas, went undrafted but signed with the Rams in May 2015.
He went on to appear in just one contests during his rookie campaign, carrying the ball four times for 17 yards. The following season, Brown participated in all 16 games, but finished with just 39 yards off of 18 attempts.
The Biloxi, Ms. native then saw his role grow a bit in 2017, as he rushed for 246 yards and a score while averaging 3.9 yards per carry.
Los Angeles won 12 games and captured the NFC West division crown this past season, marking the franchise’s first playoff appearance since 2004 and ending the longest postseason drought in the NFC.
The Rams, who earned a first-round bye, proceeded to defeat the Dallas Cowboys in the Divisional Round and then topped the New Orleans Saints in controversial fashion in the NFC Championship Game.
Los Angeles would then ultimately fall to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl.