The Los Angeles Rams put on an impressive show in their 46-9 trouncing of the Indianapolis Colts in the 2017 NFL season opener. Among the notable performances were Rams punter Johnny Hekker and defensive end Ethan Westbrooks.
Rams signed Johnny Hekker to 2-year extension, tying him to LA for 6 seasons, giving him $10M gtd, highest punter guarantee ever, per source
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 11, 2017
#Rams DL Ethan Westbrooks signed a 1-year extension that includes a paycut from his $1.797M tender to $1.25M. 2018 is worth $1.75M.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 11, 2017
Hekker solidified his status as the game’s best punter after pinning the Colts inside the 20-yard line with each of his five punts. His $10 million guaranteed is the highest for any punter in league history. When one examines Hekker’s body of work –especially during the 2016 NFL season — it is easy to see why the Rams pulled the trigger on his deal.
Meanwhile, Westbrooks has served as a stabilizing factor in the team’s thinning defensive line. He has adjusted well to defensive coordinator Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme, recording 2.5 tackles and a sack in Week 1. It is also encouraging to see he was willing to take a pay cut to help him secure another year in Los Angeles. Look for Westbrooks to remain a vital part of the rotation even with the looming return of All Pro Aaron Donald.