Rams boost pass rush by landing Dante Fowler in trade with Jaguars

The rich are getting richer.

The Los Angeles Rams, the NFL’s lone undefeated team at 8-0, are bolstering their pass rush to trade for defensive end Dante Fowler, a 2015 first-round pick with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The Rams are giving Jacksonville back a 2019 third-round pick and a 2020 fifth-round selection.

Fowler came into the league with plenty of promise, but never lived up to his potential in Jacksonville. In two and a half seasons, he has become a situational pass rusher and only started one of his 39 games with the team. Still, he has totaled 48 tackles and 14 sacks.

Jacksonville declined to pick up Fowler’s fifth-year option.

Fowler was also suspended for the season opener for an offseason arrest in July 2017 involving an altercation in St. Petersburg, Fla. Fowler also reportedly had an altercation in practice with fellow Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue.

The move signals that the Rams continue to be aggressive and all-in on a Super Bowl run as Fowler will join an already talent-rich defensive front that includes defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Ndamukong Suh. The Rams are tied for eighth in the NFL with 22 sacks forced this season, but only two have come from starting outside linebackers Samson Ebukam and Matt Longacre.

The trade could also be a short-term rental, as Fowler is set to hit the open market if a long-term deal isn’t agreed to before the end of the league year.

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