Four-year veteran edge defender Dante Fowler re-signed with the Los Angeles Rams on a one-year deal, according to NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport. The team did not reveal the specifics on the deal. Fowler, a former Florida Gator, spent the 2018 season with the Rams and the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Source: The #Rams have re-signed pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr. on the eve of free agency.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 11, 2019
Dante Fowler Re-Signs With Rams on One-Year Deal
Dante Fowler has had a tumultuous NFL career in his first three years. Fowler’s rookie season ended before it ever began, as the third-overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft tore his ACL on the first day of minicamp. After two years spent with the Jacksonville Jaguars in which he struggled to find a consistent role in one of the league’s best defenses, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams at last year’s deadline.
His tenure as a Ram certainly outshines his relatively inconsistent play as a Jaguar, where he only started one game in 39 appearances. In LA, however, he started in six of his eight appearances and was able to carve out a more consistent presence in the Rams linebacker corps. Fowler tallied 21 tackles with LA while with two sacks and four tackles in the backfield.
Fowler was highly touted as a prospect out of the University of Florida, where he showed himself to be a vicious pass rusher with the ability to play as a linebacker or on the defensive line. He racked up 14.5 sacks to go with 140 total tackles in three seasons as a Gator, as well as forcing five fumbles.
Fowler’s collegiate successes were apparent, but his freakish combine brought him into being taken with the third overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft by Jacksonville. Fowler ran a 4.6 40-yard dash while weighing in at 6’3″, 267 pounds.
Fowler has youth on his side, as he will turn 25 in August. His performance with the Rams sparked hope that Fowler could still live up to his potential, and time will tell how good he can be in an NFL that places a premium on pass rushing.
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