Rams’ Mark Barron, Kayvon Webster both undergo shoulder surgery
The Los Angeles Rams finally broke through this past season with their first playoff appearance in more than a decade. With the offseason almost in full swing, two of their key defensive players in linebacker Mark Barron and cornerback Kayvon Webster have both undergone shoulder surgery, according to Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network.
#Rams LB Mark Barron and CB Kayvon Webster both had shoulder surgery recently, sources say. Barron’s procedure should have him ready for camp. For Webster, the surgery was done because he’s also rehabbing a torn Achilles, which is what will dictate his readiness for 2018.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 16, 2018
The decision to go through with the procedure at this point should allow Barron to be ready for training camp. He is coming off another productive campaign where he recorded 86 total tackles with a team-high three interceptions and four pass deflections in 14 games played in the regular season.
Barron has become a key part of the team’s linebacking core after successfully making the transition from safety over to outside linebacker.
Prior to this past season, he notched back-to-back years with more than 115 tackles while playing in every game over that stretch. He is headed into the third year of his five-year, $45 million deal that runs through the 2020 season
There have been reports about the Rams possibly parting ways with either Barron or Robert Quinn to free up additional salary cap space to retain their key players in free agency, such as cornerback Trumaine Johnson, safety Lamarcus Joyner, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Los Angeles is currently projected to have just over $45 million at their disposal over the offseason.
Meanwhile, Webster’s route back to the Rams could be a little more difficult, as he is also recovering from a torn Achilles tendon that he suffered in early December against the Philadelphia Eagles. This cut short what was an encouraging first campaign with the team after spending his first four seasons with the Denver Broncos.
Webster stepped into a prominent role in the secondary starting alongside Johnson that provided much-needed stability at the position. It will be interesting to see what Los Angeles does with him given that the injury he is dealing with typically takes from nine months to a year to fully heal.
Webster has one more year left on his two-year, $7.7 million deal that will pay him $3.6 million.