These Are The 9 Longest Tenured Rams Players

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The Los Angeles Rams are not built on veterans.

Scanning the Rams roster after the 2022 season, which ended 5-12, the worst record ever for a defending Super Bowl Champion, but let’s not go there, and you see the Ram players who have spent the most time in the NFL basically all have spent time with other teams.

Quarterback Matthew Stafford is the longest-tenured NFL player with the Rams, having spent 13 years in the league, but just two with the Rams. Offensive lineman Ty Nsekhe, linebacker Bobby Wagner, offensive lineman Oday Aboushi have each spent almost 10 years in the NFL, but just finished their first with the Rams. For Nsekhe and Aboushi it will probably be their only year with the franchise.

So who are the Rams who have been with the team the longest?

Aaron Donald – 9 Seasons

We start the list with arguably the best player on the team. Donald was drafted out of Pitt by the St. Louis Rams in 2014. In nine years, he’s been to nine Pro Bowls. He’s been a seven-time All-Pro, and was named to the 2010 All-Decade team by the NFL Hall of Fame.

Yes, he’s The Man.

If he keeps going, Donald is a surefire Hall of Famer, he probably should have been Super Bowl LVI Most Valuable Player, but he is coming off his worst season – just like every Ram. He only played in 11 games after suffering an ankle injury, and had a career low five sacks. He’s made some noise on Twitter about retiring, but I think he just wants to win.

Rob Havenstein – 8 Seasons

Havenstein was the only Rams offensive linemen to not get hit with an injury in 2022. He made 17 starts all at tackle and Pro Football Focus graded him out at 73.2, playing 1019 snaps and allowing just six sacks.

That’s pretty good. For comparison’s sake, Aboushi graded out at 65.2.

Havenstein was a second round pick out of Wisconsin by St. Louis in 2015 (it’s wild to think some of these guys still have St. Louis Rams gear) and has been a starter ever since. He’s never been to the Pro Bowl, but is a solid-to-great NFL player.

Malcolm Brown – 7 Seasons

This comes with at asterisk. Brown was signed by the St. Louis Rams in 2015 as an undrafted free agent out of Texas.

Ever since, he’s been the Rams short yardage running back. His best year was 2020 when he had 101 carries for 419 yards and five touchdowns. Then he spent 2021 with Miami, so he missed the Super Bowl. That stinks.

He started off 2022 with the Dolphins and then was with the Saints, before resigning with the Rams when everyone got hurt and he finished with 18 carries for 81 yards. Technically he’s been in the NFL eight years, spent first six with the Rams and now one more.

Tyler Higbee – 7 Seasons

Higbee has been the Rams starting tight end since he was drafted out of Western Kentucky in 2016 in the fourth round. This might have been his best season. When everyone else got hurt, Higbee became a big part of the offense. He finished with a career high 72 catches for 620 yards.

Like Havenstein, Higbee has never been to the Pro Bowl, but Ram fans know he’s a quality NFL player.

Troy Hill – 6 Seasons

Hill is another player who was with the Rams, left and then came back. He’s had a troubled career.

Hill came out of Oregon and was signed by the Bengals in 2015 then went to New England. The Rams jumped on him in 2015 when he was released. He was a part-time starter at cornerback until 2020, when he started 16 games and had three picks. He also was suspended by the NFL for violation of the substance abuse policy.

Hill left LA and spent the 2021 season with the Browns, so he too, missed the Super Bowl.

Hill came back to LA this year, and missed some time with an injury (just like everyone else), but I thought he played OK. PFF said he allowed 41 catches this season. But I also think the Rams would move on from Hill if they could.

Cooper Kupp – 6 Seasons

Kupp is the best third-round pick in Rams history. He came out of Eastern Washington in 2017 and after a brief adjustment period has become the premier wide receiver in the NFL.

His 2021 season and playoff run is the stuff of legend. He had 145 catches for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’s uncoverable and catches everything. He was AP Offensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl LVI Most Valuable Player.

Of course, he was also bit by the 2022 jinx and missed the last half of the season with an ankle injury that needed surgery.

Brian Allen – 5 Seasons

Allen is proof that playing in the NFL isn’t for soft guys. Allen has been the Rams starting center when he’s been healthy…which has been never. He was a fourth-round pick by the Rams in 2018 out of Michigan State. He played a little as a rookie.

In 2019, he was the starter, but got hurt after nine games, and then missed the entire 2020 season with a knee injury.

It may just be a coincidence, but his only fully healthy year was 2021 when the Rams won the Super Bowl. This year, he got hurt in the season opener, came back after seven weeks and then got hurt again against Green Bay. He’s been a Ram for five years and only started 32 games.

Travin Howard – 5 Seasons

Like Allen, Howard has had injury issues since being drafted by the Rams in 2018 in the seventh round.

But unlike Allen, Howard has a signature moment that will never be forgotten by Ram fans with the game-clinching interception in the 2022 NFC Championship Game that sent the Rams to the Super Bowl.

Howard spent his rookie season (2018) on injured reserve. He played in 16 games in 2019, but then missed all of 2020 with another injury. This past year he only played in one game dealing with knee and groin problems.

When healthy, Howard can play, but in his five years, he’s only started two games.

Joseph Noteboom – 5 Seasons

Noteboom was the talk of the Rams off-season because he was groomed to replace Andrew Whitworth at tackle. He was a third-round pick out of TCU in 2018 and showed a lot of promise. The Rams signed him to a three-year, $40 million contract.

This is a recording….He got hurt.

Notebook played in the first six games of the season with the Rams before popping his Achilles in the game against the Panthers. It’s a long recovery road for Noteboom.