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Former Trojan Nickell Robey-Coleman has his option declined by Rams

Nickell Robey-Coleman will likely be on the move after the Rams declined the final year on his three-year contract

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Former USC Trojan CB Nickell Robey-Coleman had the final year declined of his three-year contract signed with the Los Angeles Rams. Reported by the Los Angeles Times and confirmed by ESPN, Robey-Coleman signed a three-year $15.7 million deal with the Rams in 2017 after four years with the Buffalo Bills.

Robey-Coleman now becomes an unrestricted free agent, free to sign wherever he likes.

Famous for his ‘non-pass-interference’ call during the NFC Championship Game that ultimately sent the Rams to the Super Bowl, Robey-Coleman is a seven-year NFL veteran after transitioning to cornerback during his time at USC. Robey-Coleman started all of the 2010 season at USC and was an All-Pac-10 honorable mention at the position.

He continued to grow at cornerback and finished with two interceptions including a pick-six in his sophomore season in 2011, earning First-Team All-Pac-12 in the process. Robey-Coleman entered what became his final season of 2013 as a Jim Thorpe Award watch list member and earned Second-Team All-Pac-12 honors that year.

Robey-Coleman went undrafted after forgoing his senior season for the Trojans but eventually signed with the Bills following the draft. He’s played at least 573 snaps in each of his seven seasons, recording seven interceptions and 49 passes broken up. He’s returned two interceptions for touchdowns in his NFL career and has also recorded five sacks as a blitzer.

He’s a lockdown slot cornerback in an era where slot cornerbacks are increasing in value. Expect him to stick with a new team soon.

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