If the plan going into the start of free agency really was to re-sign the entire secondary, the
The Rams salvaged the frenetic first day of the
It all made for an eventful day as the Rams continue preparations for their first season in Southern California in more than two decades.
The Rams entered Wednesday, the first day that free agents could sign contracts, with about $45 million in salary-cap space.
Wednesday started poorly for the Rams when news broke that Jenkins had agreed to a five-year deal, reportedly worth $62 million, with the Giants.
"I want to thank the city of St Louis for giving me incredible love the past 4 years," Jenkins wrote later on Twitter. "I want to thank the entire Ram organization, especially Coach Jeff Fisher for believing in me … Words cannot express my gratitude."
A few hours before players could begin signing contracts, McLeod reached agreement with the Eagles on a reported five-year, $37-million deal, so keeping Barron became paramount for the Rams. They did so by signing him to a reported five-year, $45-million contract.
Barron played most of last season at weakside linebacker after
The Rams released middle linebacker
"He had a really good year," Coach Fisher said of Barron at last month's NFL scouting combine. "So as you see there's a trend in the league right now for that type of guy, and we feel like he really fits into our defense."
Hayes, drafted by Fisher with the
Keenum is the presumptive starter heading into off-season workouts, but Fisher and Snead have said that they will seek to upgrade all positions, including quarterback, through free agency, trades and the draft. Quarterbacks Nick Foles and Sean Mannion also are on the roster.
Running back Benny Cunningham, a restricted free agent, received an original-round tender worth about $1.7 million. The Rams have a right of first refusal if Cunningham receives another offer.
Offensive lineman Brian Folkerts did not receive a qualifying offer but re-signed with the Rams. Linebacker Daren Bates and running back