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Rams' OT Andrew Whitworth Reportedly Decides On 2020 Season

Los Angeles Rams tackle Andrew Whitworth runs onto the field.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 29: Offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth #77 of the Los Angeles Rams leads players on to the field for the game against the Arizona Cardinals at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on December 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Rams are the latest Super Bowl loser to suffer a big step back the following season. The franchise is getting some good news today as it prepares for 2020, on the future of left tackle Andrew Whitworth.

The 38-year old Whitworth has floated potential retirement multiple times. He was particularly outspoken after the Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots a year ago. After the game, Whitworth responded to a question about the loss with the macabre if not inaccurate statement of "at the end of the day we're all going to die."

He weighed potential retirement after the Super Bowl, but ultimately elected to come back. After this year's 9-7 campaign, which ended with a third place finish and no playoff berth in the NFC West, Whitworth appears to be nearing the same decision. According to NFL insider Ian Rapoport, he had ankle surgery which has him "feeling great" entering the off-season.

Andrew Whitworth will be a free agent on March 18, completing a three-year deal worth nearly $34 million with the Rams this year. He joined the team in 2017, after 11 seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals, who took him out of LSU in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He was a Pro Bowler for Cincinnati in 2012, 2015, and 2016, and made first-team All-Pro in 2015 and second-team in 2014 for the Bengals. Whitworth was a Pro Bowler and first-team All-Pro for the Rams in 2017.

Whitworth is nearing 40, but he's been very durable during his career. He's played in at least 10 games every year he's been in the league, and has played in all 16 games each of his last two seasons. He missed one game with the Rams in 2017. He played an impressive 99-percent of the Rams' offensive snaps this season, totaling 1,098 on the season. Los Angeles has plenty to try and fix and move forward this season as it attempts to return to championship contention. It can do much worse than bringing back Whitworth, who is effective, popular within the team, and knows the system. [

Good news for the #Rams: Left tackle Andrew Whitworth will put off retirement for another year & is expected to return for 2020, sources say. He had surgery to clean out his ankle, is feeling great, and wants to play at 38. He’s also the team’s best option at LT for next season.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 4, 2020

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