The Los Angeles Rams reportedly will be trading linebacker Alec Ogletree to the New York Giants for two 2018 draft picks, per ESPN's Adam Schefter.
The Rams will receive fourth- and sixth-round picks from the Giants and will send Ogletree and a 2019 seventh-rounder to New York.
That will give the Rams a slew of picks on Day 3 of the draft — two fourth-rounders, one fifth and four sixth-round selections. They lack a second-round pick after trading it as part of the Jared Goff deal two years ago.
The deal comes as a surprise in that the Rams had signed Ogletree, who was a two-time captain, to a four-year, $42.75 million contract extension last October. It was widely considered that fellow inside linebacker Mark Barron might be dealt this offseason, but Ogletree's high salary and some missed tackles on what was a leaky run defense might have prompted the move.
The Rams are trying to tighten up their salary cap and afford to keep both safety Lamarcus Joyner, whom they used the franchise tag on, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins, who would be a free agent next week. They also must get a long-term deal done with DT Aaron Donald.
The Rams previously traded for cornerback Marcus Peters from the Kansas City Chiefs and sent linebacker Robert Quinn to the Miami Dolphins in a separate deal. It's expected that the Rams could lose soon-to-be free agents Trumaine Johnson, Connor Barwin and Nickell Robey-Coleman as well.
Ogletree will receive a $7 million roster bonus on March 16 and also will be guaranteed to receive a $6 million roster bonus next year by being on the Giants roster that same day. He will count $10 million against the team's salary cap in 2018.
The Giants needed more athleticism at linebacker. Last season, they were one of the worst defenses at covering athletic tight ends. Two starting linebackers from last season — Devon Kennard and Jonathan Casillas — are set to hit free agency, so new defensive coordinator James Bettcher needed help to pair with LB B.J. Goodson.