Michael Brockers‘ deal with the Baltimore Ravens fell through over an issue with his ankle, and the free-agent defensive lineman will be returning to the Los Angeles Rams with a similar deal on Friday.
Brockers, 29, reached agreement on a three-year, $30 million deal with Baltimore on March 16, the first day of the NFL’s negotiating period. But an independent doctor expressed concern over his left ankle, which he injured in the 2019 season finale. A new agreement couldn’t be reached with the Ravens.
Brockers now has agreed to a three-year deal worth up to a maximum $31.5 million with the Rams, the NFL Network reported. Without Brockers, the Ravens are thin on the defensive line.
Brockers was added to replace free-agent defensive tackle Michael Pierce, who has since signed with the Minnesota Vikings. Baltimore also traded defensive end Chris Wormley to the Pittsburgh Steelers this week.
This isn’t the first time that the Ravens have had a medical problem with a free agent.
In March 2018, Baltimore voided a four-year, $29 million agreement with wide receiver Ryan Grant after he failed a physical because of an ankle injury. Grant later signed with the Indianapolis Colts, and Baltimore brought in Michael Crabtree.
In returning to the Rams, Brockers teams with defensive lineman Aaron Donald on a new-look Rams defense. This offseason, the Rams lost outside linebackers Dante Fowler and Clay Matthews, linebacker Cory Littleton, cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman and safety Eric Weddle. Plus, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips isn’t returning.
Brockers, 29, has been one of the more durable defensive linemen in the league. He hasn’t missed a game since October 2016, starting 57 consecutive matches. The No. 14 overall pick in 2012, Brockers was one of the longest-tenured Rams and played a key role along their defensive line.
He started all 16 games last campaign, making a career-high 63 tackles with three sacks. In the 2019 finale, Brockers hurt his ankle in the second half and was carted off the field. He told reporters after the game that he didn’t need surgery.