Rams look to protect Goff and Gurley with Whitworth signing
Former Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth is expected to sign with the Rams today, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (on Twitter). In terms of talent, the veteran lineman ranked as one of the top tackles on the open market.
Reportedly, the Bengals front office tried to convince teams at the scouting combine they’d ultimately re-sign the veteran. Whitworth’s camp, meanwhile, told potential suitors that a return to Cincinnati was not locked down. Whitworth’s crew wasn’t lying – he’s leaving.
Whitworth, 35, spent his entire 11-year career in Cincinnati until now. He’s been remarkably durable, missing only two games since the start of the 2009 season. In 2016, PFF rated him as the second-best tackle in the entire NFL and he’s been a Top 5/Top 10 guy for the last five years in a row.
The former first-rounder has started 71 games during his five-year career.
This was a solid get for the Rams who needed to protect their two valuable possessions (at least one) in Todd Gurley and Jared Goff.
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