Rams line­backer Ogle­tree agrees to 4-year con­tract ex­ten­sion

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LOS AN­GE­LES — Line­backer Alec Ogle­tree agreed to a four-year con­tract ex­ten­sion with the Los An­ge­les Rams through the 2021 sea­son on Thurs­day night.

The Rams (3-2) reached the deal with Ogle­tree, their top tack­ler and a key leader on their de­fense, early in his fifth sea­son with his only NFL club.

“Alec has evolved into a true leader of our foot­ball team,” gen­eral man­ager Les Snead said. “His team­mates voted him as a cap­tain in back-to-back sea­sons for a rea­son, and it’s not only be­cause of his pro­duc­tion, but his char­ac­ter and re­siliency. We look for­ward to Alec help­ing our team emerge as a con­sis­tent win­ner for years to come.”

The St. Louis Rams drafted Ogle­tree in the first round out of Ge­or­gia in 2013. He took over a key role as their mid­dle line­backer last sea­son, and he has re­mained prom­i­nent dur­ing their switch to a 3-4 de­fense this sea­son un­der new co­or­di­na­tor Wade Phillips.

Ogle­tree leads the Rams with 54 tack­les in five games this sea­son, in­clud­ing two sacks. He had 171 tack­les by the team’s count last sea­son, the fifth-high­est to­tal in Rams his­tory.

Lock­ing up Ogle­tree erases one item from Snead’s to-do list as he de­cides how to keep to­gether a de­fense that con­sis­tently has been among the NFL’s bet­ter units for the past sev­eral years.

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