THOUSAND OAKS — The Rams secured one of their primary on- and off-field leaders Thursday when they signed linebacker Alec Ogletree to a four-year contract extension.
Ogletree, a team captain and starting middle linebacker, was set to become an unrestricted free agent after this season. According to an NFL.com report, Ogletree’s new deal is worth $42 million, including more than $30 million in guaranteed money. Ogletree, the No. 30 overall pick of the 2013 draft, had been in the middle of the final year of his rookie contract.
“Alec has evolved into a true leader of our football team and we are excited to sign him to this extension,” Rams general manager Les Snead said in a statement. “His teammates voted him as a captain in back-to-back seatons for a reason, and it’s not only because of his production, but his character and resiliency. We look forward to Alec helping our team emerge as a consistent winner for years to come.”
Ogletree, 26, leads the Rams with 54 total tackles, including 30 solo tackles, and he is in his first season as a middle linebacker. Ogletree moved inside as part of the Rams’ new 3-4 defensive system. Ogletree became an immediate starter as a rookie in 2013 and has started all 57 of his NFL games.
Ogletree was not available for comment after the new contract was announced.
“Besides his athletic ability, his leadership is through the roof,” defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said Thursday. “It’s just natural with him. He doesn’t go out of his way. It’s just the way he is. The players gravitate to him and he’s a smart player, too.
“He can call all of the signals on defense, make all of the adjustments and all those things, so they look to that kind of guy anyway. He’s got that leadership value, so I couldn’t be more impressed with the guy.”
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