Los Angeles Rams Ink Guard Jonah Jackson, Doubling Down on Expensive Guard Acquisitions

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The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to terms with former Detroit Lions guard Jonah Jackson on a three-year, $51 million deal with $34 million guaranteed, sources say.

This comes out on the heels of the Rams re-signing Kevin Dotson to a three-year, $48 million contract with $32 million guaranteed.

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The 6’4″ 311 lbs former 3rd rounder was a key part of the Lions offense last season that was the third-best passing offense, the fifth-best rushing offense, and the fifth-highest scoring offense in the league last season.

According to PFF, the 27-year-old allowed 27 pressures, but only two sacks with a pass-blocking efficiency grade of 96.8, 35th among guards.

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Where Jonah Jackson Fits With The Los Angeles Rams

Jackson played a limited amount of snaps at center in both his pro and college, so the Rams likely see him remaining at left guard and moving sophomore Steve Avila to center. Avila played center for TCU for over 1100 snaps over two seasons. This signals that the Rams won’t pursue 2023’s starting center, Coleman Shelton.

Contract details will emerge shortly, but given a $17 million average per year, his cap hit will likely be around $13 million, bringing the Rams cap space down to $16 million. There will be more moves to free up space, but at the time of publication that is the estimate. The Rams currently spend the 8th most in the NFL on their offensive line.

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