The Los Angeles Rams have suffered some losses during this NFL free agency period. However, they made sure to lock up a key member of the offensive line, in veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth.
The 38-year old has flirted with retirement over the last few years. Last month, he decided that he’d be back for the 2020 season. He just wrapped up a three-year deal with the team, which he joined after spending the first 11 years of his career with the Cincinnati Bengals. Now, he may actually build on that last contract.
Whitworth made $34 million on his last three-year deal with the Rams. Now, he’s signing another three-year $30 million deal. Per Ian Rapoport, he may actually get up to $37.5 million with bonuses.
The NFL insider reports that Whitworth is set to sign what will be the highest-paying deal for non-quarterback over 35 years old. The LSU alumnus has been remarkably consistent during his NFL career. He’s made four Pro Bowls and is a two time First-Team All-Pro. The 2018 Rams offensive line was named the NFL’s offensive line of the year.
The #Rams are giving LT Andrew Whitworth a 3-year deal worth $30M, source said. He can get up to $37.5M — $12.5M fully guaranteed. It's the highest paying contract signed by 35+ year old non-QB in NFL history.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 18, 2020
This past season, during which he turned 38, he played a wild 99-percent of the Rams’ offensive snaps, per Pro Football Reference. He finished with 1,098 snaps on the year.
Andrew Whitworth will be 41 at the end of this contract, if he plays out the string for the Rams. We’ve seen guys at less physical positions like quarterback extend their careers, but to play high-level left tackle into the late 30s or 40s is incredibly impressive.