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4-12, 3rd in NFC West

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

New Rams RB Lance Dunbar said Sean McVay "had me going" when they sat down to talk about his role on the team. "He had me ready to play. ... They just looked at me the same way I looked at myself." Dunbar, who brings speed and an ability to catch passes out of the backfield, will probably be used similarly to the way Chris Thompson was used with the Redskins. He thinks he can complement Todd Gurley. "We have two different styles," Dunbar said. "If you mix my style with his style, it brings a lot to the table."

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Conor Barwin said his free agency pretty much came down to the Rams and Bengals. "Ultimately," he said, "I thought it was the better opportunity for me to be in LA, be in a defense I had success with." Re-joining defensive coordinator Wade Phillips certainly factored into that. Barwin struggled when the Eagles went to a 4-3 last year, but said the tough part was moving to the right side of the field; not necessarily acting as a down lineman. With the Rams, he'll stay on the left side and act as a Sam linebacker. On nickel packages -- which are implemented most of the time in today's NFL -- he'll be a left defensive end (Robert Quinn will remain on the right). "I'll bring a lot of versatility," Barwin said.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

USC cornerback Adoree' Jackson grew up near East St. Louis and still rooted for the Rams in their first year in Los Angeles (except when they played the Bills, who had some notable former Trojans). On the possibility of getting drafted by them: "I would just tell people -- they probably won't know -- I played for the St. Louis Rams. ... It wouldn't be bittersweet. I'd be excited. It would be a little bummer, because I'm not back home where I grew up, but I'd still be playing for my favorite team. Wherever they go, I'm there."

Eric D. Williams ESPN Staff Writer 

USC WR JuJu Smith-Schuster goes through 3-cone drill. He chose not to run the 40-yard dash today.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Former Rams running back and kick returner Benny Cunningham has moved on, agreeing on a one-year deal with the Bears, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Under Sean McVay, the Rams sought a more versatile, change-of-pace back who could be a threat in the passing game, a la Chris Thompson, which is why they signed Lance Dunbar. They didn't have much use for a traditional backup like Cunningham, but he was good behind a bad offensive line this year, and they'll miss him on kickoff returns. They're hoping Pharoh Cooper can shine there.

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2dMike Sando

Was Andrew Whitworth overpaid by the Rams?

The Rams have an odd mix of players atop their pay hierarchy, including newly signed LT Andrew Whitworth, CB Trumaine Johnson, WR Tavon Austin and LB Mark Barron.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

New Rams corner Kayvon Webster believes he'll "definitely" have a chance to start opposite Trumaine Johnson. Right now, I see him with a leg-up over EJ Gaines, largely because he knows Wade Phillips' system. Webster said he would like to contribute on special teams, too, but that depends on how many snaps he gets on defense. He said he can play on the outside and the inside. "I just love playing the game and running around and hitting people."

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2dAlden Gonzalez

Oh, snap: The Rams still need a center

As the Rams rebuild, new coach Sean McVay and his staff have a gaping hole at center and limited options to fill the vacancy in free agency.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams, still in need of a starting center, brought John Sullivan in for a visit on Monday. Sullivan was one of the more under-appreciated centers while starting 93 of 96 games for the Vikings from 2009-14. Missed all of 2015 with an injury, got released and was a backup with Washington last year, where Sean McVay was offensive coordinator.

Jacob Wolf ESPN Esports 

Los Angeles Rams offensive guard and esports team Rise Nation co-owner Rodger Saffold, center, joins Steven Place, Anna Prosser Robinson and Dorothy Ferguson speak on a diversity in gaming panel at SXSW Conference in Austin, Texas.

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7dAlden Gonzalez

Rams ink Barwin, who'll make transition to OLB

Connor Barwin's new deal with the Rams will be a a one-year contract that maxes out at $6.5 million, a source told ESPN's Adam Caplan. Barwin will reunite will new team DC Wade Phillips.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Connor Barwin -- who, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan, nets a one-year deal that maxes out at $6.5M -- joins Mark Barron, Alec Ogletree and former defensive end Robert Quinn as linebackers in Wade Phillips' 3-4 system. Barwin transitioned to defensive end with the Eagles last year and struggled, grading 100th among 109 qualified edge rushers by Pro Football Focus. But he has started every single game since 2011 and has compiled 46 sacks since then. Rams' only real need now remains center, and it doesn't sound like Nick Mangold is really all that high on their list. Other depth needs -- receiver, tight end and, most notably, safety -- are expected to be filled through the draft.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Rams announced that they have agreed to terms with Connor Barwin, who steps in as their fourth linebacker.

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7dMike Rodak

Bills match Rams' offer, keep OL Groy in fold

Offensive lineman Ryan Groy, who started the Bills' final seven games at center last season, will remain with the team after Buffalo matched an offer from the Rams.

Mike Rodak ESPN Staff Writer 

The Bills have matched the Rams' two-year offer sheet for restricted free agent OL Ryan Groy, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Caplan. That means Groy will stay in Buffalo on a deal that will pay him $5 million with $3.5 million guaranteed. Groy will have cap numbers of $2.5 million each season and will continue to serve as the Bills' top interior backup lineman.

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7dAlden Gonzalez

Rams took big step with Andrew Whitworth signing

The Rams' first weekend of free agency saw them pick up Andrew Whitworth to protect Jared Goff's blind side, but more work remains in Los Angeles.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

The Rams signed former Cowboys RB Lance Dunbar to a one-year deal worth up to $3M, as ESPN's Adam Caplan reported. They sought a change-of-pace back who can catch out of the backfield, prompting them to let Benny Cunningham go and chase Dunbar. They still have room under the salary cap for LB Connor Barwin and C Ryan Groy. Pharoh Cooper is expected to return kickoffs next season. Dunbar isn't strictly a third-down back; Todd Gurley is expected to play in third-down situations next season.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Nothing is expected tonight, but if the Rams do sign Connor Barwin, they would play him at outside linebacker. Adding him would leave them with very little salary-cap space -- especially if they also sign RB Lance Dunbar -- and would leave them short a starting defensive lineman to play alongside Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers. That is expected to be filled either in-house or through the draft.

Team Stats

Passing Yards184.431st
Rushing Yards78.331st
Points For14.032nd
Points Against24.623rd