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Los Angeles Rams expected to re-sign Dante Fowler Jr.

Dante Fowler Jr., Rams

The Los Angeles Rams made headlines by signing Eric Weddle on Friday. They now could be in line to bring back Dante Fowler this offseason.

According to Dan Graziano of ESPN, he expects the Rams to retain the 24-year-old pass rusher. Fowler would likely be one of the top names in free agency if the Rams were unable to get a deal done.

Los Angeles decided to trade for Fowler in 2018 before the NFL trade deadline passed. The Rams surrendered a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars in the trade.

After joining the Rams, Fowler took a few weeks to get acclimated to the defense. Playing alongside Aaron Donald can speed up that process.

Just looking at numbers, Fowler didn’t do much in 2018. With Los Angeles, the talented edge rusher had just two sacks, four tackles for loss, and one forced fumble.

He really didn’t get going until the playoffs, where he was crucial to the Rams making the Super Bowl. Fowler racked up 1.5 sacks and four tackles for loss in the playoffs.

The biggest play of his career came in the NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints. In overtime, Fowler came off the edge and hit Drew Brees, which caused an errant throw that was intercepted by John Johnson.

That play set up Greg Zuerlein to hit the 57-yard game-winning field goal. That play alone made Fowler money this offseason.

According to Spotrac, his market value is hovering at around $9.1 million. As a result, the Rams could get a talented pass rusher for cheap.

Although, in his three-year career, he has been unable to consistently put his skill set together. Maybe staying in Los Angeles can bring the most out of Fowler in the long run.