Rams Retain RB Malcolm Brown

Malcolm Brown isn’t going anywhere. On Friday, the Rams matched the Lions’ offer sheet for the running back, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets

Brown will earn $3.3MM in base salary across his two-year deal. The pact includes $2.1MM in “practical guarantees” between his $1MM base salary and $1.1MM roster bonus, which will be paid on April 15.

Brown ended the 2018 season on injured reserve, but the Rams believe in his potential after he averaged 4.9 yards per carry. He obviously won’t start with Todd Gurley in front of him, but the Rams can use the insurance given Gurley’s ongoing knee trouble.

A 2015 UDFA, Brown has been with the Rams his entire career. Unfortunately, a clavicle injury that prevented him from playing in the team’s three playoff games. C.J. Anderson had a nice run upon joining the Rams, but Brown is now primed to resume his role as Gurley’s understudy.

Meanwhile, the Lions will have to look elsewhere for backup RB help. They’ve re-signed Zach Zenner and they still have pass-catching specialist Theo Riddick, but it sounds like they want a strong traditional runner behind star Kerryon Johnson.

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5 comments on “Rams Retain RB Malcolm Brown

  1. davidkaner

    If they would have front loaded it & offered a little more money Rams, who are short on funds, might not have been able to match it. Good for Malcom! UNDRAFTED!

  2. Matthew Heywood

    Just draft a RB why spend at that position? It is the easiest position to find good players late in drafts or like brown undrafted free agents

    • dray16

      because he’s good and you know what you got with him already. drafting or signing someone brings in the unknown.

      • It makes a lot of sense for the Rams to hold on to Brown as he’s ready to play in their system. It makes less sense for the Lions to make a big offer.

  3. diller1340

    May be better off for the lions…… now maybe they will go after Jay Ajayi or Spencer Ware who I believe are much better players

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