Easley was tendered by the Rams on Tuesday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports. The original-round tender means that the Rams have the right of first refusal for any contract offers the defensive end receives from other teams. In his first season with the Rams last year, Easley recorded 35 tackles and 3.5 sacks in 16 games, both of which were career highs. The 25-year-old could be destined for an even bigger role with the team this season under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips.
Easley (illness) will play in Sunday's game against the Cardinals, Rams' insider Myles Simmons reports. Easley missed some practice time this past week due to illness but was never expected to miss game time with the injury after he practiced fully on Friday. He likely won't be limited at all.
Easley signed a one-year deal with the Rams on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reports. Easley had a tryout with the Rams early on Tuesday morning, which obviously went well, as he's been signed to a one-year contract. Easley spent his first two years in the league with the Patriots, where he compiled 41 tackles and five sacks over 22 games. After being waived by the Patriots in April, he'll join the Rams 4-3 defense as an interior guy and will likely have to fight for snaps behind the likes of Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers. Easley did finish last season on injured reserve due to a leg injury as well, so it remains unclear if that may impact his training camp availability.
The Patriots have waived Easley (knee), ESPN.com reports. Given that he entered the Patriots' mix as a first-round choice in the 2014 NFL draft (29th overall), Easley's abrupt release Wednesday is surprising to say the least. Whether the move is strictly due to the health woes Easley has endured since entering the NFL, or something else is in play, his departure represents a hit to the Patriots' defense line depth, an issue that could well be addressed by the team in the NFL draft later this month.
Easley (leg) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve, CSN New England's Tom E. Curran reports. The Patriots' 2014 first-round draft pick, Easley was enjoying an impressive season as an interior pass-rusher, despite starting just one of his 11 games. He's unlikely to be replaced by any one player, but Akiem Hicks is the most obvious candidate to take on some of his snaps.