His agreement, however, was not signed and formalized because he was unable to travel to Baltimore and take a medical exam for the team due to the coronavirus. Less than two weeks later, his contract with the Ravens failed due to Baltimore’s concerns about his injured ankle.
Brockers quickly landed with the Rams the same day, staying with the team that drafted him in the first round eight years ago. He had to stay in Los Angeles and the Rams kept their best running defenseman.
On Chris Long’s podcast, “Green Light,” Brockers spoke about his experience as a free agent for the first time and how it went.
“For me personally, I was just ready for the journey that was happening to me,” he said. “I really wanted to be at home, but if I had the chance to make more money and eventually return to the Super Bowl, at the same time, I was going to run with that. At that time, Baltimore seemed to be the best option.
“At the beginning, it was definitely a bidding war. I had a lot of teams just because I can do a lot of things. But in the beginning, it was definitely Baltimore, the Rams – because I wanted to play this final defensive position 5, 4i, 5 (-technique). Knowing about Baltimore from last year and seeing everything they had, then they added Calais Campbell and I thought, “Oh my god, there is no way. It’s going to be crazy. “At that time, it was a done deal. But going through the physicals, you know how it works. Being a little older in the league, they see a few things. “
Brockers has a home in Houston, where he took a physique for the Ravens after agreeing to an agreement. The results were then sent to the Baltimore team doctor, who forwarded his MRI and X-rays to an ankle specialist for further examination.
It was at this point that the Ravens decided to back off, fearing that Brockers would have to be operated on the ankle he injured in week 17.
“I did my physique here in Houston. I’m going to the doctor, they are taking x-rays and I have an MRI, “he said. “The doctor sent him to Baltimore and the Baltimore doctor can examine him and he says, ‘You know, I’m not an expert, but I’m going to send it to a guy I really trust and he is a third party doctor. He’s just going to tell me what’s going on. “I guess the doctor told him I might need something like surgery and they were like,” Oh. “
“They get my MRI, they get it all. Then we don’t hear from them after that. And I guess this is the process where they send MRIs to Anderson or anyone and get his word. “
Brockers told Long that he felt no ill effects from the ankle injury, although he was frustrated with the moment he injured himself. He says he feels good and that he is working on this off-season.
” I feel good. I worked all the time, “said Brockers, adding that” it worked the way it was supposed to. “
The Ravens may have used Brockers’ ankle injury as an excuse to back out of the deal, especially given how quickly the Rams were ready to sign it again. Brockers also doesn’t seem to think it’s a concern, which is telling.
But whatever the disappointment and difficulty of this free agency experience, he is happy to be back in Los Angeles.