Wade Phillips confident in his linebackers despite their inexperience

The Rams opened last season with Alec Ogletree, Robert Quinn, Connor Barwin and Mark Barron as their starting linebackers. Only Barron returns this season.
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Still, defensive coordinator Wade Phillips likes what he saw from his linebacking group this offseason.

Barron missed much of the offseason program while rehabbing from shoulder surgery, and Longacre continues to work his way back from a back injury.

The events will be held in Los Angeles, Houston and Atlanta, giving guys hanging onto the dream of professional football (who are not among the 2,880 players in NFL camps at that time) three chances to go through measurements and tests for scouts.

Prospective players can register online (for $186.99 per tryout).

Keep an eye on Greg Monroe in New Orleans if the Pelicans hold firm on plans to offer DeMarcus Cousins a shorter, non-max deal — and somehow lose him. The much-dreamed-of sign-and-trade sending Cousins to Washington is very tricky given both teams’ tax situations and might require a third team — if Washington and Cousins are even interested.

Another sneaky veteran extension candidate: Al-Farouq Aminu. But a 120 percent raise would leave him below the midlevel, and so he probably rejects it. Portland should still offer, though.

As easy as the fit is financially to bring James to the Sixers, the fit on the court is trickier. Presumably, LeBron would slide into JJ Redick’s spot in the starting lineup. Barring a sign-and-trade for James, Philadelphia would have only its room midlevel exception (estimated at $4.4 million) to offer Redick to return.

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