Matt Rambo signs extension through 2026 with Maryland Whipsnakes
By Adam Lamberti | Feb 6, 2024
The Maryland Whipsnakes have announced they’ve extended attackman Matt Rambo through the 2026 season.
It’s the second time in nine months that the Whipsnakes extended Rambo. In July, the Whipsnakes extended Rambo through the 2025 season as his contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the season. Now, the Whipsnakes extend Rambo again, but this time through the 2026 season.
Head Coach and General Manager Jim Stagnitta said the reason for the extension was to free up money, presumably to make a splash in free agency.
A few moves this offseason have hinted at the Whipsnakes being possible spenders in March. In November, the Whipsnakes traded away defender Bryce Young and midfielder Connor Kirst to the Boston Cannons in exchange for LSM Matt Rees and a third round pick in the 2024 PLL Draft.
That money could help resign pending Whipsnake free agents, which include LSM Michael Ehrhardt (whose playing future is still up in the air), midfielder Mike Chanenchuk, and defensive midfielder Jake Bernhardt.
But don’t be surprised to see the Whipsnakes go after a new face in free agency.
Moving on from Young, the Whipsnakes have a need at close defense alongside Matt Dunn and Tim Muller. Utah Archers defender Matt McMahon and California Redwoods defender Garrett Epple stand out to me as potential free agent targets that could bolster that unit.
However, let’s not forget the biggest name of them all in this free agency cycle: Jeff Teat.
I don’t think the Whipsnakes are the most likely destination for the All-Pro attackman, particularly because the Whipsnakes have the third overall pick in the upcoming PLL Draft, which I would expect them to use on either UVA attackman Connor Shellenberger or Notre Dame attackman Pat Kavanagh.
However, I won’t rule out Teat to the Whipsnakes entirely. Stagnitta has made some aggressive moves in the past, particularly on offense. He signed eight-time All-Star attackman Will Manny to a two-year deal ahead of the 2023 season, and traded for Denver Outlaws attackman Jackson Morrill at the trade deadline last season.