Rams agree to extension with LB Alec Ogletree

Los Angeles Rams' Alec Ogletree (52) drops back into coverage during an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Roger Steinman)
AP Photo/Roger Steinman

Selected by the Los Angeles Rams with the 30th overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, inside linebacker Alec Ogletree has been a mainstay in the middle of the team’s defensive unit. The two sides have ensured that they’ll continue to work together for the foreseeable future, as it was announced Thursday night that the Rams and Ogletree have come to terms on a four-year contract extension.

Ogletree, who is in the fifth year of his rookie deal after the Rams exercised that option in May of 2016, was due to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season if no agreement on a new deal was reached.

“Alec has evolved into a true leader of our football team and we are excited to sign him to this extension,” Rams general manager Les Snead said. “His teammates voted him as a captain in back-to-back seasons for a reason – and it’s not only because of his production, but his character and resiliency. We look forward to Alec helping our team emerge as a consistent winner for years to come.”

Alec Ogletree has surpassed the 100-tackle mark in each of the three seasons that he’s played in all 16 games, and he’s well on his way to doing so yet again in 2017. Through five games Ogletree has 35 combined tackles, two quarterback sacks and two passes defensed. In 2016 Ogletree racked up 136 combined tackles, a career best, to go along with 11 passes defensed and two interceptions.

The lone season in which Ogletree has failed to tally 100 tackles was 2015, a campaign in which he played in just four games due to an ankle injury that required season-ending surgery.

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