Another recent Pro Bowler is off the board ahead of the official start to free agency. Linebacker Cory Littleton leaves the Los Angeles Rams for a pretty big new contract with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Littleton was an undrafted player out of Washington, which has produced a lot of defensive talent in recent years. After two years as a reserve for the Rams, he emerged as starter in 2018. That season, he racked up 125 total tackles (nine for loss), four sacks, three interceptions and one defensive touchdown. He made his first Pro Bowl that year.
This past season he was a productive tackle machine once again. He upped the previous year with 134 tackles, adding 3.5 sacks. He also forced a pair of fumbles and recovered four.
Now, he heads to Las Vegas. The Raiders are set for their first year in the new city. After paring down the roster during 2018, with the trades of Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper, Jon Gruden, Mike Mayock, and company are starting to add talent again. This move is the latest, ahead of tomorrow’s official opening of free agency.
Raiders reached agreement with former Rams' LB Cory Littleton on a three-year, $36 million deal, including $22 million guaranteed, per source.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 17, 2020
After making under $1 million in his first three seasons, Cory Littleton cashed in a bit last year. He made a reported $3.095 million in 2019.
Now, he’s set to make an average of $12 million a year, with more than half of the deal guaranteed.
The Raiders finished 7-9 overall in third in the AFC West last fall.