The Los Angeles Rams announced Tuesday that they’ve placed an original-round tender on restricted free agent DT Dominique Easley.
The original-round tender will cost the Rams around $1.797 million for the 2017 season and give them the right of first refusal for any offer sheet he receives from another team during free agency.
Easley, 25, was taken with the No. 29 overall pick during the 2014 NFL Draft. He was in the third of his four-year, $7.303 million rookie contract when he was cut loose by the Patriots last year. The Rams later signed him to a one-year deal worth $600,000.
Easley’s career has largely been marred by injury, as he appeared in just 22 games over the course of his two years in the NFL with both seasons ending with him on injured reserve. In college, Easley tore both of his ACLs while playing for Florida, so there were obvious concerns about injuries hampering his NFL career.
In 2016, appeared in all 16 games for the Rams and recorded 35 tackles, 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and a pass defense. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 26 interior defender out of 127 qualifying players.