The Los Angeles Rams this offseason have put forth a concerted effort in free agency to revamp their roster ahead of the 2017 season.
In light of that, the Rams' front office added another piece to the puzzle on Friday by signing free-agent cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman to a deal.
The former USC product spent the first four seasons of his NFL career with the Buffalo Bills playing primarily out of the slot where he made 15 starts in 64 total games played with 166 total tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two touchdowns, and three interceptions. In the 2016 season, Robey-Coleman finished with 35 tackles and a career two interceptions while also scoring on a fumble recovery and breaking up seven passes.
According to Pro Football Focus, the 25-year-old graded out with a 74.86 mark in passing situations, which placed second highest among all slot cornerbacks last season. His addition to the Rams helps give the team another reliable option at the position. They have already brought back starter Trumaine Johnson on a franchise tag for the second straight year worth $16.7 million along with signing former Denver Broncos cornerback Kayvon Webster.
Last season, Los Angeles received sub-par play from their cornerbacks beyond Johnson and Lamarcus Joyner with both E.J. Gaines and Troy Hill struggling for significant portions of the year. Robey-Coleman will likely compete against Webster and E.J. Gaines for the starting job opposite of Johnson with Joyner continuing to hold down the slot assignment.