CB Tre'Davious White: Signed by Los Angeles Rams (previous team: Buffalo Bills)

Report: CB Tre’Davious White to sign 1-year deal with Rams

Working his way back from a torn Achilles, former Buffalo Bills All-Pro cornerback Tre’Davious White agreed to a one-year, $8.5 million deal with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, ESPN reported.

Per the report, the deal could reach $10 million with incentives.

White, 29, suffered the injury to his right Achilles in October, limiting him to just four games last season. Over the last three seasons, the two-time Pro Bowl selection has missed 30 games due to various injuries.

The Bills had released White, saving the team $10.2 million in cap space.

White was drafted in the first round in 2017 out of LSU and spent his first seven seasons in Buffalo, highlighted by his 2019 All-Pro season when he tied for the NFL lead with six interceptions.

White had 18 interceptions, 311 tackles, 68 passes defended and five forced fumbles with the Bills.

He tore his left ACL on Thanksgiving in 2021 and returned late in the 2022 season for six regular-season games and two playoff games.

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Aug 12, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws the ball in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

QB Stetson Bennett set to join Rams for offseason workouts

Quarterback Stetson Bennett will join the Los Angeles Rams for offseason workouts, general manager Les Snead said Monday.

The Rams selected Bennett, who led Georgia to two national championships, in the fourth round of the 2023 draft. He left the team in the preseason and spent the season on the reserve/non-football illness list.

Last month, coach Sean McVay said the Rams would reach out to Bennett, 26, “at the appropriate time” to see if they were a good fit.

“Those will be conversations that we will have. And then I think once we have a better idea of what we’ll do with that, then that will give clarity.”

Neither Bennett nor McVay ever disclosed why Bennett left the team, with the coach only saying the issue was “bigger than” football.

Matthew Stafford is entrenched as the Rams starting quarterback, and the team signed veteran Jimmy Garoppolo as his backup earlier this month.

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Dec 10, 2023; Baltimore, Maryland, USA;  Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) before the game against the Baltimore Ravens   at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Aaron Donald was ‘burnt out, full, complete,’ prompting retirement

Aaron Donald knew he was done not long after the Los Angeles Rams lost to the Detroit Lions in the playoffs in January.

Donald, a first-team All-Pro eight times in 10 seasons, couldn’t fathom ramping back up for an 11th year in the NFL.

“Went to two Super Bowls. Won one, lost one. I’m complete. I’m full,” Donald said in a video posted to his X account Wednesday.

“I think the passion to play the game is no longer there for me. I will always love football, but to think about going through another camp and another 17 (game) season, I just don’t got the urge to want to push myself to do that no more.”

Donald recorded 111 sacks and 543 tackles in 154 career games (150 starts) since being selected by the Rams with the 13th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft out of Pittsburgh.

Los Angeles coach Sean McVay said Donald used those words — I’m full — when he informed the franchise his career was ending.

Donald teased an upcoming video in his statement online Wednesday.

“I’m burnt out. … I’m full, I’m complete, I’m satisfied with what I was able to do in 10 years and I think it’s time for me, at 32 years old, to retire from football and jump into the next step of my career and my life, and now it’s time to move on,” he said.

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Jan 7, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo (10) warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Rams sign QB Jimmy Garoppolo to 1-year deal

The Los Angeles Rams are signing quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo to a one-year contract, according to multiple reports Friday.

Garoppolo, 32, will serve as the backup to Matthew Stafford in 2024 after he serves a two-game suspension for performance-enhancing substances.

Garoppolo spent last year with the Las Vegas Raiders after six seasons with San Francisco. He was benched after Josh McDaniels was fired as the Raiders’ head coach on Nov. 1, save for a spot appearance in which he had one incomplete pass and a sack in the team’s season finale against the Denver Broncos on Jan. 7.

Over seven games (six starts) in 2023, Garoppolo completed 65.1 percent of his throws for 1,205 yards with seven touchdowns and nine interceptions.

In February, Garoppolo was assessed a two-game ban to start 2024, reportedly for using a prescribed medication without having a valid therapeutic use exemption from the league. The Raiders released Garoppolo on Wednesday.

Across a 10-year career with the New England Patriots (2014-16), Niners (2017-22) and Raiders, Garoppolo has completed 67.4 percent of his throws for 15,494 yards, 94 touchdowns and 51 interceptions.

The Rams at times have employed John Wolford, Stetson Bennett and Baker Mayfield as a No. 2 quarterback in recent seasons.

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Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald (99) celebrates after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals during Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Rams star Aaron Donald announces retirement

Three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald announced his retirement Friday after 10 tremendous seasons.

Donald, 32, is an eight-time All-Pro and 10-time Pro Bowl selection with the St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams. The defensive tackle was named the NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2017, 2018 and 2020 and helped the Rams defeat the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI.

“Throughout my career, I have given my everything to football both mentally and physically — 365 days a year was dedicated to becoming the best possible player I could be,” Donald wrote on social media. “I respected this game like no other and I’m blessed to be able to conclude my NFL career with the same franchise that drafted me. Not many people get drafted to a team, win a World Championship with that team and retire with that team. I do not, and will not, take that for granted.”

Donald recorded 111 sacks to go along with 543 tackles in 154 career games (150 starts) since being selected by the Rams with the 13th overall pick of the 2014 NFL Draft.

“We are so grateful for Aaron’s dedication to greatness and for leading our franchise on and off the field for the past decade,” Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement. “He has left his mark on generations of football fans and his accomplishments, coupled with his work ethic and passion, continue to inspire his teammates, coaches and athletes across the globe. It is a privilege to have witnessed one of the greatest players of all time and we are proud that Aaron Donald will forever be part of NFL history as a member of the Rams.”

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Dec 10, 2023; Cleveland, Ohio, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Darious Williams (31) catches the ball during warm ups before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Galvin-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Rams to bring back CB Darious Williams on 3-year deal

Free agent cornerback Darious Williams agreed to a three-year deal with the Los Angeles Rams on Tuesday, according to multiple reports.

Williams was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars in a cost-cutting move earlier this month and is eligible to sign before the start of the league year on Wednesday.

He was with the Rams from 2018-21, including the Super Bowl LVI team in February 2022, and joined Jacksonville in free agency on a three-year, $30 million contract one month later.

Williams, who turns 31 on Friday, was set to make $9 million in 2024 before he was released. The move netted the Jaguars $11.5 million in salary cap space, which was needed to retain franchise-tagged pass rusher Josh Allen.

He had 53 tackles and four interceptions in 17 starts last season and has 236 tackles with 10 picks in 80 career games (55 starts).

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Detroit Lions guard Jonah Jackson warms up before the Denver Broncos game at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 16, 2023.

Reports: Rams land G Jonah Jackson, TE Colby Parkinson

The Los Angeles Rams reached agreement on three-year deals for interior offensive lineman Jonah Jackson and tight end Colby Parkinson, ESPN and NFL Network reported Monday.

The Rams lured Jackson away from Detroit on a deal worth $51 million, including $34 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network.

Parkinson comes over from Seattle on a deal worth $22.5 million, including $15.5 million guaranteed, per ESPN.

Jackson, 27, started all 57 games he played in with the Lions since they selected him in the third round of the 2020 draft.

The Rams also re-signed guard Kevin Dotson last week on a reported three-year deal worth $48 million.

Parkinson, 25, caught 25 passes for 247 yards and two touchdowns in 17 games (one start) for Seattle last season, playing behind Noah Fant and Will Dissly.

The Rams add Parkinson less than two months after Tyler Higbee tore multiple ligaments in his right knee in the divisional playoff loss at Detroit.

Higbee signed a two-year extension worth $27 million — $17 million guaranteed — last September but head coach Sean McVay said he is likely a candidate for the physically unable to perform list to start next season.

Parkinson has 57 career catches and four TDs in 54 games (four starts).

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Nov 26, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, USA; Los Angeles Rams guard Kevin Dotson (69) against the Arizona Cardinals at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Rams, OG Kevin Dotson agree to $48M extension

Rams guard Kevin Dotson agreed to a three-year, $48 million deal that keeps him with Los Angeles, according to multiple reports.

Dotson, 27, was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent next week. General manager Les Snead said during the NFL Scouting Combine that the Rams expected negotiations with Dotson to go “into the window,” referring to the negotiating period between March 11-13.

A fourth-round pick in 2020 who started for the Steelers before a trade to the Rams before the 2023 regular season began, Dotson has 44 career starts with experience with right guard and left guard over 53 games.

At $16 million per season, Dotson would be among the top 10 guards in annual salary with the Falcons’ Chris Lindstrom the highest-paid player at the position ($20.5 million average).

Snead and Los Angeles face more work to keep the offensive line intact.

Center Coleman Shelton is an unrestricted free agent after he voided the player option in his contract for the 2024 season.

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Aug 12, 2023; Inglewood, California, USA;   Los Angeles Rams coach Sean McVay congratulates quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) after a touchdown in the second half against the Los Angeles Chargers at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Stetson Bennett, first-round pick both question marks for Rams

As the Los Angeles Rams prepare to enter the new league year in March, one of their biggest question marks is at the quarterback position.

Matthew Stafford and then who?

The 36-year-old Stafford will be the only quarterback on the roster come March 14 as the Rams churned through backups last season.

Stetson Bennett, a two-time national champion at Georgia, was taken in the fourth round of the 2023 draft to back up Stafford and potentially learn under the veteran as the heir apparent. Bennett left the team in the preseason for a reason that remains undisclosed, and the Rams then turned to Brett Rypien and later Carson Wentz as the understudy.

Rypien was released in November and Wentz will become an unrestricted free agent.

Coach Sean McVay said Thursday that the Rams will reach out to Bennett, 26, “at the appropriate time.”

McVay, in a video conference call with reporters, said it remains to be seen whether club and quarterback will be a good fit.

“And you figure out, ‘All right, where are you at? And is this something we feel like is best for him and our football team to bring him back into this ecosystem?’”

McVay continued: “Those will be conversations that we will have. And then I think once we have a better idea of what we’ll do with that, then that will give clarity.”

Bennett was placed on the non-football injury/illness list last September. At the time, McVay said the move was unrelated to a minor shoulder injury the quarterback experienced. McVay said he couldn’t share specifics, but said the issue was “bigger than” football.

“Out of respect for him and the situation, I’m going to leave all the specifics and particulars in-house,” McVay said then. “And I want to be able to do that out of respect for that situation, so I’m not going to really have any follow-up information or anything that I’ll give in that regards.

“I really hope that you can please respect my wishes in regards to keeping that in-house. I understand you have a job to do, but there are certain things that I think are a little bigger and a little more important. And out of respect for the particulars and the specifics, we want to keep it in-house, and that’s where I want to leave it please.”

Bennett played well in the preseason but faced questions about his maturity and readiness for the NFL during the pre-draft process following an arrest for public intoxication, despite his advanced age for a rookie.

Stafford, the No. 1 pick out of Georgia in 2009 by the Detroit Lions, won the Super Bowl in his first season with the Rams after Los Angeles sent Jared Goff, two first-round picks and a third-round pick to the Lions for Stafford on March 18, 2021.

The Rams never have made a first-round pick in the Sean McVay era and have the No. 19 selection in April’s draft. Will they use it on a quarterback?

McVay hinted Thursday the Rams could trade out of the first-round spot again.

“Oh, that’s a big if,” he said when asked about making a pick in the round.

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Jan 7, 2024; Landover, Maryland, USA; Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera stands on the field during warmups prior to the game against the Dallas Cowboys at FedExField. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Ron Rivera interviews with Rams for DC opening

The Los Angeles Rams interviewed former Washington Commanders head coach Ron Rivera for their recently vacated defensive coordinator position over the weekend, CBS Sports reported Monday.

The Rams are interviewing to replace Raheem Morris, who was named head coach of the Atlanta Falcons last week. The Rams have also interviewed or have interviews set up with Brandon Staley, Aden Durde and Dennard Wilson. Staley served as the Rams’ defensive coordinator in 2020.

Rivera also reportedly interviewed with the Philadelphia Eagles last week before they landed on Vic Fangio.

Rivera, 62, last served as a DC on Norv Turner’s staff with the then-San Diego Chargers from 2008-10. The 2010 squad finished first in the NFL in total defense and second in scoring defense.

Rivera is 102-103-2 as a head coach with the Commanders (2020-23) and Carolina Panthers (2011-19). He also has been a defensive coordinator with the Chicago Bears (2004-06) and has experience in Philadelphia as Andy Reid’s linebackers coach for five seasons from 1999-2003.

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