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13-3, 1st in NFC West

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Rams backup QB Blake Bortles said Thursday that he would have signed with the Rams in free agency before ever taking a visit. "My agent didn't think that would be the best thing to do," Bortles said, with a chuckle. Learning under Sean McVay, and joining a quarterbacks room that includes friends Jared Goff and Brandon Allen, appealed to Bortles, who said his goal was to eventually become a starter in the NFL once again. In the meantime, the one-year deal with the Rams provides Bortles an opportunity for growth. "Being around Sean, learning from him, being around a winning organization that's had a ton of success the last couple of years and kind of get back around winning football.... I'm looking forward to that a tremendous amount," Bortles said.

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Rams match Lions' offer sheet for RB Brown

RB Malcolm Brown, who has served as Todd Gurley's backup for the past two seasons, will remain under contract after the Rams matched the Lions' offer sheet for a two-year deal.

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The Rams have matched the Lions' offer sheet for RB Malcolm Brown. Brown has proven himself as a reliable backup to Todd Gurley over the last few seasons and is a standout on special teams. Before he suffered a clavicle injury in Week 13 last season that sent him to the IR, Brown rushed for 212 yards in 43 carries and caught 5 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown.

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New Ram Matthews out to show he's not done yet

Veterans Clay Matthews, Eric Weddle and Blake Bortles all say the Los Angeles Rams were at the top of their list of free agent destinations.

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Rams LB Clay Matthews, on his free agency experience: "It was actually pretty short for me. I knew I wanted to go to LA and I put my agent in charge of getting me there."

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Rams GM Les Snead said Thursday that the team could make a decision as soon as Friday in regards to matching backup RB Malcolm Brown's offer sheet with the Lions.

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Rams' defense remains under construction

With the departure of Ndamukong Suh seemingly inevitable, the Rams must find help along the defensive line -- and also at linebacker.

Riddick: Matthews will help Rams' pass rush if he's healthy (0:28)
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Ex-Packers LB Matthews to Rams on 2-year deal

Clay Matthews, a six-time Pro Bowl LB who has played his entire career with the Packers, has agreed to terms with the Rams on a two-year contract.

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The Rams have signed LB Clay Matthews to a two-year deal, the team announced. Matthews spent the last 10 seasons with the Packers, where he amassed 83.5 sacks and six interceptions. With the Rams, Matthews joins a linebacking corps that includes Cory Littleton, Dante Fowler and Samson Ebukam. Matthews attended Agoura HS, which is 15 miles from the Rams' training facility, and starred at USC.

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The Lions have signed Rams RFA RB Malcolm Brown to an offer sheet, per ESPN's Field Yates. The Rams have five days to match it, or they will lose Brown and will not receive compensation. Brown served a special teams standout and as Todd Gurley's trusted backup until he suffered a clavicle injury in Week 13 - against the Lions - and was placed on IR. Brown's injury played a significant role in the Rams' decision to sign CJ Anderson. The Rams have expressed interest in re-signing Anderson in free agency. Brown, who received an original round tender, also is expected to provide depth at running back.

Bortles a perfect fit for Rams' system (1:51)

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Blake Bortles' decision to sign with the Rams provides an experienced backup to QB Jared Goff. Bortles takes over for unrestricted free agent Sean Mannion, who struggled throughout the preseason last year, creating concern if he ever needed to be inserted for Goff. The third overall pick in 2014, Bortles passed for 103 touchdowns, with 75 interceptions, in five seasons in Jacksonville. He signed a one-year deal.

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Blake Bortles is currently finalizing a deal to join the Rams as Jared Goff's backup, per source. - Jeff Darlington

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Former Rams LB Mark Barron has agreed on a two-year deal worth $12 million with the Steelers, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Rams released Barron and saved $6.33 million in their salary cap. They tracked Barron's market in free agency, but now the veteran LB has moved on. Second-year pro Micah Kiser is penciled in as a starter in Barron's place, but Rams will monitor FA market and look to build depth at position in the draft.

Team Stats

Passing Yards281.75th
Rushing Yards139.43rd
Points For32.92nd
Points Against24.020th