With Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh anchoring the front seven, the last thing you would have thought the Los Angeles Rams needed was defense.
So much for that thought:
The Rams acquired pass-rusher Dante Fowler from the Jacksonville Jaguars in exchange for a 2019 third-round pick and 2020 fifth-rounder. Not only did the NFL’s only undefeated team get that much better with the addition of the third overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, they did so while beating out the Green Bay Packers and New York Jets who also reportedly making a strong pushes to acquire Fowler.
If your feel like Fowler has been on the market for some time, your memory serves you well. Fowler was viewed as a potential Bears trade target during the spring, but nothing ever materialized. Which is fine, because waiting out the Khalil Mack situation has been worth it to this point.
Fowler has been a bit of a disappointment as he never gained traction on what has been an impressive Jaguars defense in recent years. Injuries and off-field issues have kept him from reaching his full potential and limited him to just 14 sacks in 39 career games. But there’s still a ton of untapped potential that could be unlocked as he joins a defense loaded with seven former first-round picks. The Bears will get a first-hand look at that defense in Week 14 when they host the Rams (in what could potentially be a prime-time affair).