Source: Rams' Ogletree gets 4-year, $42M deal

From ESPN - October 12, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams announced Thursday that they have signed inside linebacker Alec Ogletree to a four-year extension, keeping him with the team through the 2021 season.

The deal is worth $42 million with $33 million over the first three years, a source tells ESPN's Adam Schefter. It makes him the second-highest paid inside linebacker behind Carolina Panthers star Luke Kuechly.

Ogletree, currently playing on the fifth and final year of his rookie contract, was originally drafted 30th overall by the Rams in 2013 and has totaled 443 tackles in 57 career games. Ogletree's 28 splash plays since 2014 -- consisting of a batted pass, pass defended, forced fumble or interception -- are the most among inside linebackers.

The Ogletree deal secures one of three important pending free agents on the Rams' defense, the other two being safety Lamarcus Joyner (who the team has been interested in signing beyond this year) and cornerback Trumaine Johnson (playing out of his second consecutive franchise tag).


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