Published: Thu, March 08, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Alec Ogletree on trade to Giants: 'Everything happens for a reason'

Alec Ogletree on trade to Giants: 'Everything happens for a reason'

The New York Giants have acquired linebacker Alec Ogletree in a trade with the Los Angeles Rams, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. He compiled 507 combined tackles and 5.5 sacks. Ogletree had 95 tackles, 1 forced fumble, 1 INT, 2 tackles for loss and 10 PBUs previous year for the Rams.

The Rams have spent this offseason dealing away players that don't fit Wade Phillips' 3-4 defense.

The Giants' beefing up of James Bettcher's linebacking corps has begun.

The Rams made the playoffs a year ago for the first time since 2004, finishing the regular season at 11-5.

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Ogletree also was a key player in the Rams' spotty run defense. Team captain Jonathan Casillas was a starting linebacker who was injured during the latter half of last season and entering free agency.

Ogletree, 26, has been highly productive over the past five seasons, earning 501 tackles, six interceptions, 12 forced fumbles and two touchdowns in 67 starts.

The Giants had two fourth-round picks in the upcoming draft, including a compensatory selection.

The Chiefs could have probably afforded that but it would've made it hard to sign other players in the coming years. The deal is worth $42 million, with $33 million coming in the first three years of the deal.

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