The Steelers and Barron reached an agreement on a two-year, $12 million contract Sunday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. In order to shave $6.33 million from their cap situation, the Rams released Barron in early March with the hope that he would return on a more team-friendly deal. Clearly, that won't come to pass. Barron will join his third organization since entering the NFL as a first-rounder of the Buccaneers in 2012. With 96.6 tackles per 16 games played in his career, he could be a valuable IDP if he can avoid the injury bug this coming season.
The Rams released Barron on Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Barron made it through three seasons of a five-year, $45 million contract, getting the start in each of his 42 appearances during that stretch. He never lived up to his sizable contract, and the Rams can afford to move on after Cory Littleton emerged as a solid starter at inside linebacker. The 29-year-old converted safety may have to battle for playing time at his next stop.
Barron played 48 defensive snaps and recorded nine tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 33-31 win over Seattle. Barron missed the first four games of the season with an ankle injury, but he certainly proved his health with a strong showing in his 2018 debut. Barring a re-aggravation of his ankle or another injury, the Alabama product is positioned to return to serving as an above-average IDP option.
Barron (ankle) is expected to start Sunday's game versus the Seahawks, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This would be Barron's first game of the season. Barron is a versatile linebacker, as he made 86 tackles, one sack, four pass breakups and three interceptions in 14 games for the Rams last season. If he suffers a setback before kickoff, expect Ramik Wilson and Bryce Hager to continue manning the inside linebacker role.
Barron (ankle) expects to make his 2018 debut Sunday against Seattle, Myles Simmons of Rams.com reports. Barron returned to practice in a limited fashion Wednesday and this news all but confirms his availability for Week 5. The former first-round pick was a stalwart for the Rams in 2017, recording 86 tackles (73 solo) and one sack in 14 games. It could be assumed that Barron takes over his starting role at inside linebacker, but the extent of his playing time for Week 5 has yet to be determined.
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