Los Angeles Rams offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth sidestepped questions about retirement during Super Bowl week, saying he’d take time after the season to decide.
Thankfully for the Rams, the answer was that he’ll be back.
Whitworth, one of the game’s best left tackles, said in a Twitter post on Tuesday morning that he “Can’t wait for the opportunity to ride with the boys again.”
“A ship is safe in the harbor, but that is not what ships are built for”
-John A. Shed
Can’t wait for the opportunity to ride with the boys again! #keepmovingforward #squadup#letsride pic.twitter.com/4KoSlPJUXP
— Andrew Whitworth (@awhitworth77) February 26, 2019
Andrew Whitworth’s return is big for Rams
The signing of Whitworth was one of the key transactions in the Rams’ transformation into an NFC champion.
The longtime Cincinnati Bengals tackle signed a three-year, $33.75 million deal, and he solidified a line that was a major question mark before he arrived. That was a big help in quarterback Jared Goff’s development.
The Rams would have taken a big hit losing Whitworth, who is one of the NFL’s best linemen even though he was the league’s oldest offensive lineman last season at age 37. The defending NFC champs have one fewer question to answer as they head into the offseason.
Whitworth still playing a high level
Last season was a big one for Whitworth. Whitworth had never experienced a playoff win in his NFL career, coming up short time after time with the Bengals, and then again in his first season with the Rams. Then he found himself starting in Super Bowl LIII after two Rams playoff victories.
Whitworth has had a fine career, as a two-time All-Pro and a four-time Pro Bowler. He battled through injuries last season to play all 16 games, and he probably has enough left to remain one of the best tackles in the NFL. He is set to make $10.25 million in base salary next season.
As the Rams head to the combine and finalize their free-agency plan, they can worry about some other pressing concerns, knowing the left tackle spot is safe.
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