Ogletree signed a four-year, $42 million extension with the Rams in October, only to be traded to the Giants last week for two 2018 draft picks. The Rams were able to clear the vast majority of the contract off their book, as Ogeletree's guarantees mostly come in the form of his 2018 base salary and roster bonus. The Giants unsurprisingly will convert some of that money into a signing bonus, which allows them to spread out the cap hit over the next four seasons. A shaky fit in Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense, Ogletree figures to be more comfortable in the Giants' 4-3 scheme, where he'll step right in as an every-down player. He figures to bounce back to triple-digit tackles if he can stay healthy for most of the year.
Ogletree will be traded to the Giants in exchange for two 2018 draft picks, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
This might be the most surprising trade of the offseason, considering Ogletree just signed a four-year, $42.75 million extension in October. The 2013 first-round pick did have a bit of a down season from an IDP perspective in 2017, but he still managed 95 tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defensed, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 15 games. Ogletree will step right into a three-down role for the linebacker-needy Giants, putting him in a good position to bounce back well into triple digits for tackles. The Rams may have balked at the size of Ogletree's contract after RB Todd Gurley and S Lamarcus Joyner enjoyed breakout seasons that eventually should lead to massive multi-year deals. The team also needs to lock up DT Aaron Donald, and potentially WR Sammy Watkins. Among in-house candidates, Cory Littleton is the best bet to fill Ogletree's vacated snaps. The Rams don't have many weaknesses and thus can afford to prioritize inside linebackers in the upcoming draft.
Ogletree registered five solo tackles during Saturday's 26-13 loss to Atlanta in the wild-card round.
After a career-high 136 tackles (98 solo) in 2016, Ogletree dipped to 95 (63 solo) through 15 games this year. The statistical decline is easily explained by Los Angeles' ability to sustain offensive drives and keep its defense off the field for longer stretches. The Rams went from being the lowest-scoring team in 2016 to the highest this year, after all. Ogletree's numbers still made him a solid weekly option in IDP settings, but his production in 2017 might be the new norm with the across-the-board improvements Los Angeles has made.
Ogletree had nine tackles (four solo) and a pass break-up in Sunday's loss to the Eagles.
The assist total of five is Ogletree's highest of the season, as the Rams gave up 455 yards and 43 points to the Eagles. The 25-year-old has a more appealing matchup against the Seahawks in Week 15, although Russell Wilson always provides unique matchup issues.
Ogletree only managed one limited practice this week while nursing the elbow injury, but it won't prevent him from making his 29th consecutive start. Aside from suffering a fractured fibula that limited him to four games in 2015, Ogletree has proven quite durable in his five NFL seasons, allowing him to emerge as one of the top IDP options at linebacker. He's trending toward the fourth 100-tackle campaign of his career and has supplemented that with two sacks, one interception, a forced fumble and a touchdown.
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||117||94.0||23||1.5||1||98||98.0||98||1||10|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||111||85.0||26||0||2||44||22.0||44||0||12|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||4||42||27.0||15||2||0||0||0.0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||95||63.0||32||2||1||41||41.0||41||1||10|
|Year||Team||G||Fum||Lost||Fum Forced||Own Rec||Opp Rec||Yds||Tot Rec||TD|
|2013||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||6||0||0||0||0||0|
|2014||St. Louis Rams||16||0||0||4||0||0||0||0||0|
|2015||St. Louis Rams||4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|2017||Los Angeles Rams||15||0||0||1||0||1||0||1||0|