The Rams and defensive tackle Michael Brockers have agreed to a contract extension, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch (on Twitter). Prior to this deal, Brockers was scheduled to earn a salary of $6.146MM (per the terms of his fifth-year option) before potentially hitting the open market after the season. Brockers’ extension is for three years and will take him through 2019, Josina Anderson of ESPN.com tweets.
Brockers, 25, has been a starter for the Rams ever since he was selected with the No. 14 overall pick in the 2012 draft. For his career, Brockers has racked up 155 tackles and 14.5 sacks. Last year, the defensive tackle logged 3.0 sacks and 44 tackles.
This offseason, the Rams were unwilling to shell out big bucks to retain top cornerback Janoris Jenkins. With other pending free agents to take care of, it wasn’t clear whether Los Angeles would offer the necessary money to lock down Brockers. However, the Rams managed to get a deal done and they’ll now hold on to one of the most important pieces of their fearsome defensive line. Along with fellow interior lineman Aaron Donald and bookends William Hayes and Robert Quinn, Brockers helps to form one of the most talented defensive line units in the league.
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