Rams acquire Jags DE Fowler for two picks
The Los Angeles Rams acquired defensive end Dante Fowler Jr. from the Jacksonville Jaguars on Tuesday for a 2019 third-round pick and 2020 fifth-round pick, both teams announced.
According to multiple reports, the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers also had interest in Fowler, but the Rams offered the best deal.
Fowler, who will play outside linebacker in the Rams' 3-4 scheme, was taken third overall in 2015 and is entering the final year of his rookie deal after the Jaguars declined his fifth-year option.
He has two sacks and a forced fumble in seven games this season after tallying eight sacks and three forced fumbles last year.
The 24-year-old totaled 14 sacks in 39 career games (one start) as a pass-rush specialist in Jacksonville, after missing his entire rookie season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.
The Rams were looking for help on the edge, as only two of the team's 22 sacks have come from an outside linebacker, both by Samson Ebukam.
L.A. has been aggressive in the trade market recently, having acquired wideout Brandin Cooks and cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib this offseason while dealing away outside linebacker Robert Quinn and inside linebacker Alec Ogletree.
According to multiple reports, the third-round pick conveyed to Jacksonville has conditions based on what compensatory picks L.A. receives this year. If, as expected, the Rams receive two third-rounders, the pick sent to the Jaguars will be the Rams' original third-rounder. If the Rams receive only one third-round compensatory pick, that will be the pick going to Jacksonville.
L.A. is expected to receive two third-round compensatory picks for the departures of cornerback Trumaine Johnson and wideout Sammy Watkins on large free agent deals in March.
To make room for Fowler on the roster, the Rams released guard Jamon Brown.
A third-round pick in 2015, Brown started all 16 games in 2017, but he was suspended for the first four games this season for a substance-abuse violation, and replacement Austin Blythe has kept the starting job at right guard.
The 25-year-old Brown had played just 27 offensive snaps in five games this season.
--Field Level Media
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