The Los Angeles Rams head into the NFL offseason with an optimistic outlook after one of the worst seasons in franchise history. In their first season since their relocation to Los Angeles, they finished with a 4-12 record, clearly not up to the standards intended.
However, rookie head coach Sean McVay has an opportunity to turn things around with quarterback Jared Goff and Pro-Bowler Aaron Donald headlining the offense and defense. Football is not only those two aspects though, with the special teams providing key game-changing plays throughout the season.
The Rams locked down a key special teams player on Tuesday, re-signing kicker Greg Zuerlein to a new deal, via the Rams Twitter account:
#Rams agree to terms with K Greg Zuerlein
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) March 14, 2017
The NFL free agency period has gotten off to a strong start for the Rams, as they have signed WR Robert Woods, cornerback Kayvon Webster and now Zuerlein. They also traded away William Hayes to the Miami Dolphins and placed the franchise tag on Trumaine Johnson.
Zuerlein has spent all five of his NFL seasons with the Rams organization, as the 29-year-old has been a model on consistency in the kicking game. After signing a one-year deal last offseason, Zuerlein gets a sense of comfortability going into this season, with that three-year deal.
During the 2016 season, Zuerlein converted 19 of his 22 field goal attempts, with the three misses coming from at least 40 yards out. He also converted all 23 of his extra-point attempts this season, even with the line being pushed back as it was.
For the season, he posted an 86.4 field-goal percentage and year long of 54 yards. Zuerlein has been awarded the NFC special teams player of the week award three times during his five-year career, while his career long of 61 yards ranks amongst the top distances ever reached during a NFL game.