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currently the sixth highest paid ILB in football

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When the Philadelphia Eagles pulled off the upset against the Chicago Bears last night John Sullivan Jersey , it locked in the Los Angeles Rams to host the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round of the NFL Playoffs.After the first half of the season yielded a 3-5 record, the Cowboys went on to win five straight to put themselves in firm grasp of the NFC East division leading to their 24-22 win over the Seattle Seahawks in the wild card round. Dallas has built a strong defense with great linebackers while leaning on RB Ezekiel Elliott and QB Dak Prescott on offense. As the Cowboys come to visit Los Angeles, here are the five key players for Saturday:QB Dak PrescottPerhaps one of the most polarizing players in the NFL, the Cowboys’ quarterback has vastly improved after the midseason trade for WR Amari Cooper. Ranked the 19th overall QB for the 2018 season by PFF, Dak completed 67.7% of his passes for 3,885 yards, 22 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Dak also added 305 rushing yards and six touchdowns on the ground. For the regular season, Prescott had a 58.6 QBR, which would be slightly above league average. In the contest against Seattle, Prescott completed 22/33 passes for 226 yards Cory Littleton Jersey , one touchdown, one interception while rushing for 29 yards and a touchdown as well. The Rams’ defense will have to be disciplined as Prescott is a dual threat and has been relatively hot since the midpoint of the season. CB Chidobe AwuzieAwuzie (Ah-woo-zee-ay) has somewhat quietly risen among the Cowboys’ ascending defense. A second-round pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Awuzie has emerged as one of the league’s better young defensive backs. For the season, he has 71 combined tackles, a forced fumble, and interception. PFF has him rated as an “above average” cornerback. Look for the Rams to try and perhaps attack the Cowboys on the perimeter more as their front seven is very stout.RB Ezekiel ElliottThe NFL regular season leading rusher, Elliott continues to be the driving force of the Cowboys’ offense. Despite leading the league in rushing, PFF ranks Elliott as the 23rd best running back this year. Elliott rushed for 1,434 yards and six touchdowns while adding 567 yards receiving with three touchdowns. In the game against Seattle, Elliott showed why he is a dominant back with 26 carries for 137 yards and a touchdown. Elliott also added 32 yards via the air. The Rams’ main focus defensively will likely be slowing down the stud running back from Ohio State.LB Leighton Vander EschThe Cowboys’ first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Vander Esch has exceeded all expectations. Many thought he was a reach or a purely “need” pick Nickell Robey-Coleman Jersey , but all those questions have been quelled after his stellar play. Vander Esch was the third-leading tackler in the whole league with 140 tackles for the season and was able to keep veteran LB Sean Lee on the bench. In addition to the 140 tackles, the rookie linebacker also had two interceptions and earned a top-5 rank from PFF. Watching the Seahawks game, it was very evident that Vander Esch is a big-time player as he stuffed the stat sheet with 10 total tackles while being all over the field. Look for him and LB Jaylon Smith to get very familiar with RBs Todd Gurley and C.J. Anderson.WR Amari CooperPerhaps in one of the biggest in-season trades in recent history, the Cowboys traded their 2019 NFL Draft first-round pick for Cooper. Many were quick to blast Dallas for what they considered a panic move, but over time the trade has been vindicated as Cooper has emerged as a true threat. For the season, Cooper has 75 receptions for 1,005 yards and seven touchdowns. In the playoff game against the Seahawks, Cooper was Dak’s favorite target, especially after WR Allen Hurns’ gruesome injury. Cooper was targeted nine times, yielding seven catches for 106 yards. Look for Rams CBs Aqib Talib and Marcus Peters to both have their chance at Cooper. There is a lot of familiarity as all three players have played in the AFC West before this season. Sosa take’s a look at the current state of the roster, the dedicated salary cap amount Andrew Whitworth Jersey , and the potential players that could be released."With the NFL Scouting Combine officially here, the NFL’s true beginning to the offseason is upon us. This next week is going to be the culmination of every representative of every NFL team bunched up in one building, and as we all know, this is where discussions begin. Discussions of player trades, negotiating prices between agents and General Mangers for players to re-sign, and even the illegal tampering period (you didn’t hear it from me) is under full effect.With all that being said, this is when a lot of NFL players will realize their current clubs will head in a different direction, meaning there will likely be a handful of veterans (if not more) that’ll find their way into the free agent pool.So, that begs the question, who are the players that could be released by the Los Angeles Rams?Let’s take a look at some possible options:ILB Mark BarronBarron is the most likely candidate to be released as he’s simply paid too high of an amount.Barron is a 29-year old linebacker who transitioned from safety many years ago after the Rams secured him in a trade from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Barron actually turned out to be a fantastic addition as his physicality, nasty demeanor Robert Woods Jersey , and lack of fear proved the transition to be the correct move. The issue becomes his price tag ($9.6m for the 2019 season) and his inability to stay healthy. Barron hasn’t played a full season since 2016 and has seemingly missed a ton of offseason and in-season training the past two years due to nagging injuries. Releasing Barron would save the Rams $6.3m on the cap this year, though they’d also eat a penalty of $3.3m. Barron is currently the sixth highest paid ILB in football, and with the current quality of his play, it doesn’t make financial sense to keep him around at that figure.C John SullivanThis transaction will be tougher to gauge because of the potential of Sully retiring. My guess is he does, but if he doesn’t, he could be on the chopping block. Sully has been a godsend for the Rams as his veteran leadership and ability to coordinate the offensive line/make line calls has been a tremendous help for a young QB like Jared Goff. Though he’s been fantastic, it seems as if his play on the field has been in a steady decline as he’s no longer in his prime at 33-years old. Sully’s current cap number is $6.25m, $5.25m of which the Rams could recoup if they decide to move on (penalty of $1m).DT Michael BrockersThis will be the toughest decision for the Rams to make, simply because Brockers is a fantastic leader, teammate, and a long-time veteran Ram. Typically Brandon Allen Jersey , Brockers has been a stalwart on the interior defensive line with his fantastic propensity to play the run at a high level, and he even offers a bit of pass rush productivity. Unfortunately for Brock, his play in 2018 was not what we’ve become used to seeing from the 28-year old defensive tackle. Brockers is the 14th-highest paid interior defensive lineman in the league as it stands as his current cap hit is $11m. The Rams would free up $10.25m by releasing him, only eating a $750k penalty. The main issue here is that fellow defensive lineman DT Ndamukong Suh and DE Ethan Westbrooks are upcoming free agents, making the situation along the defensive line murky.WR Michael ThomasMike Thomas’ career with the Rams has been a strange one as he came into the league with some potential but hasn’t had the opportunity to show it, nor has he done himself any favors by being suspended. Thomas’ release frees up $720k on the cap and only costs the Rams $29k in cap penalties.(All figures used from Over the Cap)

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