- Earlier in the day, Thomas reported that the Rams are exercising DT Michael Brockers‘ option. (NFLTR)
Doing so would have cost the Rams $8.263 million for the 2016 season. However, this figure is guaranteed for injury only and wouldn’t have prevented them from working out a long-term deal that would come with a lower cap figure.
Barron is now in position to be an unrestricted free agent in 2016.
Barron, 25, came over in a trade with the Buccaneers last year that sent fourth and sixth-round selections to Tampa Bay in return for the former first-round pick.
He has one year remaining on his four-year, $14.465 million rookie contract that will pay him $2,362,704 for the 2015 season.
In 2014, Barron appeared in all 16 games and recorded 72 tackles, three sacks, a fumble recovery and four pass defenses. Pro Football Focus has Barron rated as the No. 69 safety out of 87 qualifying players this season.