William Hayes Re-Signs with Rams: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction

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William Hayes Re-Signs with Rams: Latest Contract Details, Comments, Reaction
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The Los Angeles Rams are bringing an important piece of their defensive line from St. Louis to Southern California with them.

According to Myles Simmons of the Rams' official website, Los Angeles re-signed defensive end William Hayes to a three-year deal on Wednesday.

Simmons noted Hayes was an important “force alongside defensive tackles Aaron Donald and Michael Brockers” last season. Hayes was second on the Rams with 5.5 sacks and 41 pressures in 2015 and will “still be first up on the depth chart at defensive end,” per Simmons. 

The former fourth-round pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2008 joined the Rams before the 2012 campaign and gives them some continuity along the line moving forward. Here is a look at his career totals as an important figure in the 4-3 rotation:

William Hayes' Career Stats
Season Team Games Combined Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries
2008 Tennessee Titans 8 13 1 1 1
2009 Tennessee Titans 16 51 4 2 0
2010 Tennessee Titans 14 32 1.5 1 0
2011 Tennessee Titans 10 16 1.5 0 0
2012 St. Louis Rams 16 35 7 0 1
2013 St. Louis Rams 14 28 5 0 2
2014 St. Louis Rams 16 42 4 1 1
2015 St. Louis Rams 16 53 5.5 2 0

ESPN.com

Pro Football Focus dug a bit deeper into Hayes’ impressive numbers:

This move comes after former Rams defensive end Chris Long signed with the New England Patriots, per ESPN’s Trey Wingo. Considering Long has been a mainstay up front for the Rams defense since 2008, Los Angeles needed to make sure it didn’t lose another piece.

It relies heavily on that defensive line and was 11th in the league in total sacks last season. The defense was also 13th in points allowed per game, which helped the Rams overcome an offense that was dead last in the NFL in total yardage and 29th in scoring offense.

Ideally, the defense will continue to be a strong point for the Rams as they head to Los Angeles, and bringing back a defensive end in Hayes who is so strong against the run and as a pass-rusher is an important step.

If running back Todd Gurley takes another leap after winning Offensive Rookie of the Year and carries the offense and the defense continues to pressure opposing quarterbacks with Hayes back in tow, the Rams may have the formula to compete in the NFC West in their new Los Angeles home.

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