Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

07 Mar 2018

Rams Trading Ogletree to Giants

You know how linebacker has been a New York Giants weakness for years? They're finally doing something about it.

In October, the Los Angeles Rams signed Alec Ogletree to a four-year contract extension worth up to $42 million. Today, word broke that they will be trading him to the Giants in exchange for fourth- and sixth-round picks in this year's draft. The Giants will also get L.A.'s 2019 seventh-rounder in the deal.

Ogletree has started each of his 67 NFL games since the Rams drafted him in the first round in 2013. He had 15 defeats (plays that resulted in a turnover, loss of yardage, or third-/fourth-down stop) in 15 games last season, tied for fifth on the Rams. Aaron Donald led the team with 19.

Posted by: Vincent Verhei on 07 Mar 2018

6 comments, Last at 09 Mar 2018, 12:52am by almon


by ChrisS :: Wed, 03/07/2018 - 5:56pm

Does not seem like good value for the Rams, it is unlikely they will find a replacement player with those draft picks. But $11.6m for a slightly above average (my vague recollection of his play) LB seems like a lot of dough, so maybe buyers remorse setting in. Or perhaps they already have someone the roster they like a lot.

by Wade8813 :: Thu, 03/08/2018 - 12:20am

This baffles me. I don't follow the Rams that closely, but they just extended the guy a few months ago, and if they already have a guy on the roster they like a lot, did they even get a chance to see him? Ogletree started 15 games last season, plus their only playoff game.

The only thing I can think of is if they extended him to reduce last year's cap hit, then unloaded his contract to save even more money.

by jtr :: Thu, 03/08/2018 - 9:52am

Gettleman's defenses in Carolina were built around a rangy pair of star linebackers. It makes sense that we're seeing him try for the same philosophy here. It's going to take some serious maneuvering, considering that he's starting from maybe the worst LB group in the NFL. I wouldn't be surprised to see him grab another 'backer in the first two days of the draft to try to recreate that Keuchly-Davis magic.

by Theo :: Thu, 03/08/2018 - 10:52am

There must be more about this, because Ogletree was a big part of that defense last year.
Footballwise, I don't think they will replace his play with a 4th rounder.

by commissionerleaf :: Thu, 03/08/2018 - 11:38am

Trading a guy on a market contract for draft picks is always a good deal, right? Fourth and Sixth is not great though, so perhaps the Rams thought they overpaid, or that Ogletree is being protected by other players on their defense and "looks" better than he plays.

by almon :: Fri, 03/09/2018 - 12:52am

My Giants finally have an LB that can start for another NFL team....woo-hoo!!!