After patiently waiting to strike in free agency, the Los Angeles Rams have already managed to improve at several key positions. The signings of Andrew Whitworth and Robert Woods brought some much-needed improvement to the offense.
Now the Rams have begun to address their needs on defense by signing former Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster to a two-year, $8 million deal, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network:
The LA #Rams deal for CB and special teams star Kayvon Webster is for 2 years and worth$8M, source said. Up to $12mil with incentives.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 14, 2017
The Broncos selected Webster in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. Since then, he has served as primarily a reserve corner for the best secondary in the league. However, he shined on special teams and was even elected captain of the unit. His decision to come to the Rams clearly means he is ready to take on a bigger role.
Bringing in Webster not only helps because he is a young and talented player, but his championship experience will help with the culture change that head coach Sean McVay has begun trying to initiate. His ties with his former coach and Rams new defensive coordinator, Wade Phillips, should help smoothen his transition to Los Angeles.
Although common sense tells fans that Webster is here to claim the No. 2 cornerback job, nothing is set in stone just yet given the current state of the team’s secondary. They currently sit on a huge price tag after franchising Trumaine Johnson for another year as they attempt to trade him. They still have E.J. Gaines who actually played well despite battling injuries throughout the season. Last but not least, there is Lamarcus Joyner who did a tremendous job at slot corner.
The Rams could very well be tempted to try their new signee out at safety where they lack serious depth.