Michael Brockers thanks the Rams, but is this the final goodbye?
It was a thank you note to the Rams and fans, but was it a final goodbye to the team?
Brockers, 29, is a pending free agent after playing eight seasons with the Rams.
He thanked owner Stan Kroenke, general manager Les Snead and the organization for giving him an opportunity.
“No matter what happens next, I was honored to be a Ram, honored to be a part of this organization and honored to put those horns on,” he said. “Me and my family can’t wait to see what’s next and we just want to say thank you.”
Dear @RamsNFL Nation,— UNINTERRUPTED (@uninterrupted) January 31, 2020
No matter what happens next, I was honored to be a Ram. Honored to be a part of this organization, and honored to put those horns on. #SincerelyYours, @michaelbrockers pic.twitter.com/KB6kAjsS8M
Brockers played in college at Louisiana State and was the 14th pick in the 2012 draft. He excelled for the Rams as a line-clogging interior lineman and also had 23 sacks. He had a career-best 63 tackles and three sacks this season for a Rams team that finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs for the first time in coach Sean McVay’s three seasons.
Brockers suffered a left ankle injury that forced him to leave the season finale against the Arizona Cardinals, but McVay said Brockers would not require surgery.
Brockers carried a salary-cap number of nearly $10.8 million this season in the final year of a three-year, $33.25-million extension.
A few days after the season finale, McVay decided not to retain defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. A few days later, he hired Brandon Staley to replace Phillips.
Brockers likely will be a salary-cap casualty for a Rams team that in the last 19 months signed wide receiver Brandin Cooks, running back Todd Gurley, defensive lineman Aaron Donald and quarterback Jared Goff to massive contract extensions. Cornerback Jalen Ramsey, acquired in a midseason trade, also is in line for a huge extension.
Linebacker Cory Littleton also is a pending free agent, and receiver Cooper Kupp and safety John Johnson are entering the final season of their rookie contracts.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo threw the ball just eight times in the NFC championship game against the Packers, the product of a dominating rushing attack.
Brockers reflected on his career, which began with a phone call from former coach Jeff Fisher on draft night and included a playoff appearance in 2017 and a Super Bowl berth in 2018 under McVay.
“We brought Showtime back to L.A.,” he said.
Late this season, Brockers acknowledged his future was unknown.
“I know it’s a business. I understand teams — sometimes they love a guy but they still have to let him go,” he said in December. “That could be the situation.
“Hopefully it’s not. But I’ve been in this business long enough to understand that some tough choices have to be made.”
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