In addition to keeping Westbrooks in the fold for the Rams through the end of the 2018 campaign, the new deal will reduce the defensive end's salary from $1.79 million to $1.25 million in 2017. Westbrooks evidently determined that the extra year was worthwhile enough for him to take a paycut for 2017, making him a decent bargain for the Rams. The 26-year-old was one of several standout performers in the Rams' Week 1 win over the Colts, registering three tackles and a sack in the 46-9 victory.
Westbrooks, a restricted free agent, re-signed with the Rams on Monday, Myles Simmons of the team's official site reports.
Westbrooks has tallied at least 19 tackles and two sacks for the Rams in each of the last two seasons. Now that ESPN reported he won't be facing legal charges from his incident last month, Westbrooks can set his sights on protecting his starting defensive end job this summer.
Westbrooks was reportedly arrested Sunday night on suspicion of domestic violence in Sacramento, California, ESPN's Alden Gonzalez reports.
"We are in contact with authorities and are gathering more information," the Rams noted Monday in a statement regarding the situation. "Per team policy, we will continue to respect the legal process and have no further comment at this time." The 26-year-old defensive tackle, who recorded 24 tackles and two sacks in 16 games for Los Angeles in 2016, is currently a restricted free agent.
|4||10/1/17||@ DAL||1:00 pm|
|6||10/15/17||@ JAC||4:05 pm|
|Bye: Week 8|
|9||11/5/17||@ NYG||1:00 pm|
|11||11/19/17||@ MIN||1:00 pm|
|13||12/3/17||@ ARI||4:25 pm|
|15||12/17/17||@ SEA||4:05 pm|
|16||12/24/17||@ TEN||1:00 pm|
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