The Los Angeles Rams have begun shaping up their offensive and defensive line heading into the 2016 season. With a revamped roster moving to southern California, the key pieces of the 2015 roster will anchor the transition into a new era of football.
Although the offensive line of the Rams struggled last season, there were a few bright spots. The 28th best offensive line, according to Pro Football Focus, featured a lineman progressing towards a payday.
Tim Barnes, who was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Rams in 2012, has worked his way up the ranks. After playing through his first three seasons as a guard and tackle, Barnes elevated his status heading into the 2016 season.
The 28-year-old started all 16 games during the 2016 season at center, providing stability for a position that is in constant communication with the quarterback.
In fact, his elevated 2016 season earned him a new contract with the Rams, via Sam Farmer of the L.A. Times:
Rams are bringing back C Tim Barnes on a 2-year deal.
— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) March 9, 2016
Barnes, who has played center while under Nick Foles and Case Keenum, brings familiarity to head coach Jeff Fisher heading into training camp.
With an unfamiliar quarterback scenario, Barnes brings steadiness to an otherwise developing offensive line. While on the line, Barnes recovered two fumbles during the 2016 season.