Rams sign full 2022 draft class offers
APRIL 19 RAMS OFFICIALLY SIGN WOLFORD The Los Angeles Rams officially signed quarterback John Wolford to a contract on Tuesday, cementing him as Matthew Stafford’s replacement for the upcoming season.
Wolford was an exclusive royalty-free agent for the Rams, meaning he’s a player who’s racked up two or fewer seasons in the NFL on an expired contract. If a team chooses to extend a qualifying offer to an exclusive royalty-free agent, which is worth the league minimum, that player is not able to negotiate with other teams.
Signing with the Rams and becoming Jared Goff’s replacement, Wolford immediately became a fan favorite. Wolford started a game in place of an injured Jared Goff who inspired the quarterback’s confidence, against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 17 of the 2020 season.
His lone start against the Cardinals saw Wolford complete 22 of 38 passes for 231 yards and an interception while adding 56 rushing yards on six carries as well.
In 2021, Wolford 1 of 4 pass attempts for five yards in three games.
While Wolford may not be an elite quarterback ready to lead a franchise, he’s the perfect backup for emergency starts if Stafford gets injured, which is why it makes perfect sense for him and the players. Rams to bring him back in 2022.
APRIL 16 RAMS WAIVE ORR, TENDER HOWARD The Los Angeles Rams made a pair of minor trades on Saturday, waiving defensive back Kareem Orr and signing linebacker Travin Howard to a restricted free agent bid.
A former Rams seventh-round pick, Howard played in 12 games with two starts last season for Los Angeles, making 21 tackles and intercepting one assist in the regular season.
Howard also helped lead the Rams to the Super Bowl, intercepting 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo late in the fourth quarter of the NFC Championship Game.
Orr had four tackles in two games last season.
APRIL 14 MATT GAY SIGNS RFA CALL FOR TENDERS Rams Kicker Matt Gay has reportedly signed his restricted free agent offer, according to the team.
Gay has spent the past two seasons in Los Angeles and made 94% of his field goal attempts last season.
APRIL 9 REEDER TO LA, with chargers The Los Angeles Chargers have agreed to terms with former Rams linebacker Troy Reeder on a one-year contract, according to reports.
Reeder originally signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent from Delaware and later played in all 16 games as a rookie, starting eight and finishing the year with 58 tackles.
In 2020, Reeder again saw action in 16 games, starting seven, and finished the year with 81 tackles, five tackles for loss and three sacks.
Reeder was a key member of the Rams’ Super Bowl run, starting 10 games in 17 appearances and finishing the year with 91 tackles, six tackles for loss, four quarterback hits and two sacks.
The 27-year-old also had two interceptions and six pass deflections in 2021, and started three of the Rams’ four playoff games.
APRIL 6 RAMS FINALIZES STAFF The Rams announced their finalized coaching staff for the 2022 season Wednesday afternoon, including new additions and title changes.
You can see the entire staff below:
Offensive Coordinator – Liam Coen*
Defensive Coordinator – Raheem Morris
Special Teams Coordinator – Joe DeCamillis
Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Coach – Thomas Brown+
Inside Linebackers Coach – Chris Beake*
Member Coach Kenneth Black*
Outside Linebackers Coach – Thad Bogardus+
Offensive Line Coach – Kevin Carberry
Defensive Backs Coach – Jonathan Cooley+
Running Game Coordinator/Defensive Line Coach – Eric Henderson
Offensive Assistant – Nick Jones
Defensive Assistant – Skyler Jones*
Offensive Assistant – Zak Kromer
Senior Offensive Assistant – Greg Olson*
Offensive Assistant – Jake Peetz*
Game Pass Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach – Zac Robinson+
Running Backs Coach – Ra’Shaad Samples*
Defensive Assistant – Lance Schulters+
Game Pass Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach + Chris Shula+
Special Teams Assistant – Jeremy Springer*
Wide Receiver Coach – Eric Yarber
* denotes a new coach
+ indicates a new position
APRIL 5 HEKKER REPLACEMENT FOUND The Los Angeles Rams have finally found their replacement for longtime punter Johnny Hekker, who was fired by the team due to salary cap ramifications in March, in former Giants punter Riley Dixon.
Dixon has spent the past four seasons in New York after being drafted by the Broncos in 2016. Dixon spent two years with Denver before that and was traded to the Giants in 2018.
ON APRIL 4, PART OF THE DETAILS OF BOBBY WAGNER’S CONTRACT EMERGE The Los Angeles Rams caused another stir in free agency last week when they signed former Seahawks star Bobby Wagner to a five-year, $50 million deal.
The exact details of this deal have still not been revealed, leading many to speculate about the amount of money guaranteed, as well as the incentives and ramifications of the cap.
On Monday, however, a stipulation of that contract was finally uncovered, with reports surfacing that Wagner is set to earn just $6.5 million in 2022 – a major advantage for the Rams, who will be running out of space. cap going forward during the offseason.
APRIL 1 OFF-SEASON CAMP SCHEDULE PUBLISHED The Los Angeles Rams enter the offseason looking to defend their first Super Bowl title under Sean McVay.
And on Friday, the first dates of the off-season camp calendar were unveiled.
The first camp date will begin on April 18, while the OTAs will take place from May 23-24, May 26, and May 31-June 2.
The mandatory minicamp will take place from June 7 to 9.
No training camp date has yet been released.
MARCH 28 DRAFT ’24 SET: The NFL has awarded the 2024 NFL Draft to the city of Detroit. The Motor City wins the right over other cities such as Green Bay and Washington, D.C.
On Thursday, Kansas City was announced as the location for the 2023 NFL Draft after kicking off Green Bay and several other cities. The event will take place from April 27 to 29.
The 2022 NFL Draft will be held in Las Vegas on Thursday, April 28 and will continue through Saturday, April 30.
MARCH 24 DRAFT ’23 SET: The NFL has now set dates for the 2023 draft, which is to take place in Kansas City, announcing it will be held April 27-29.
Kansas City was chosen as the host city for the 2023 event three years ago.
“This will be one of our city’s largest and most anticipated professional sporting events,” Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission and Visit KC, said in a statement.
This year’s NFL Draft will take place in Las Vegas from April 28-30.
MARCH 20 RAMS RETAINS RETURN SPECIALIST The Los Angeles Rams have had a busy weekend so far, re-signing quarterback Matthew Stafford and trading Robert Woods on Saturday.
However, there was another decision made by the Rams that also flew a bit under the radar, with Los Angeles opting to re-sign returning specialist Brandon Powell to a one-year deal.
Powell first joined the Rams in November when he was signed to the practice squad, but soon became a member of the special teams unit.
During his short stint with the team, Powell averaged 26.0 yards on eight kickoff returns and 22.2 yards on six kickoff returns. He also had a 61-yard touchdown in Week 16.
Powell was also effective in the playoffs, returning nine punts for 104 yards and five kicks for 88 yards. Powell hasn’t caught a pass with the Rams.
MARCH 16 JULIO JONES CUP The greatest receiver in Falcons franchise history, Julio Jones, didn’t turn out to be the one for the Titans, who just decided to cut the longtime star.