While the New England Patriots may be concerned with the fates of star tight end Rob Gronkowski as well as the McCourtey twins after the Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Rams have to worry about a star whose future is also in limbo.
According to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the status of Rams left tackle Andrew Whitworth is currently up in the air, with people close to him reportedly not knowing what he’ll do in 2019.
Whitworth is 37 years old and finally got to taste playoff victory for the first time this past year.
As for the Rams, left tackle Andrew Whitworth is one to watch. While he hasn’t spoken publicly about it, those close to him and members of the Rams organization do not know if he’s returning. He has not committed to it.
At 37-years-old, coach Sean McVay manages him well, with limited practice and plenty of rest. And he is due to make nearly $11 million.
But if L.A. wins Sunday, there is the possibility that Whitworth walks off into the sunset.
Also in this story discussing Gronk: The #Rams and people close to LT Andrew Whitworth do not know whether he’ll be back for 2019, while there are scenarios where both McCourty twins walk away. https://t.co/C81DJGPotq
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 3, 2019
Prior to joining the Rams in 2017, Whitworth was an 11-year starter for the Cincinnati Bengals.
He has missed only 13 games in his 13-year NFL career, and only one game in the last five seasons.
Whitworth would be far from the first star player to call it quits after the Super Bowl though.
Peyton Manning, Jerome Bettis, and John Elway famously retired after their last Super Bowl appearance. Granted, they all won their games and the Rams have yet to even kick off in today’s big game.
Who can say whether Whitworth might return to try and finish the job if the Rams fall short today?