The New York Giants have a new linebacker. Multiple sources have confirmed that the Los Angeles Rams are sending Alec Ogletree and their 2019 seventh-round pick to the Giants for a 2018 fourth-round pick and a 2018 sixth-round pick.
Los Angeles Rams Trade Alec Ogletree to New York Giants
Adam Schefter broke the news earlier today:
Compensation update: Giants are trading their fourth-round pick and their sixth-round pick in return for LB Alec Ogletree and the Rams’ 2019 seventh-round pick, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 7, 2018
Ogletree had spent his entire career with the Rams up to this point. He compiled 507 combined tackles and 5.5 sacks. He made his name as one of the best coverage linebackers in the league, accumulating two touchdowns off of six interceptions and 43 passes defensed.
Last year, he had one of his best seasons yet under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips. Ogletree racked up 95 combined tackles, two sacks, 10 passes defensed, and a pick six. He was one of the leaders on the defense, and was voted as a captain the past two seasons.
Ogletree was drafted as the 30th overall pick of the first round in the 2013 draft. He played his college career for the Georgia Bulldogs. He started at free safety his freshman year, but moved to inside linebacker as a sophomore.
There were some character concerns about him coming into the NFL since he missed four college games in 2012 for violating team rules. These did not carry over into his professional career, as he has been a model of consistency.
The move is somewhat surprising, considering the Rams just signed him to a huge extension this past October. They gave him $42 million, with $31.4 million guaranteed over four years. Now the Giants will take on that hefty contract.
Only time will tell what the Rams will do to replace such a key piece of their defense.
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