The St. Louis Rams have added some veteran presence to join the young offensive line. They have signed OL Davin Joseph to a one year-deal, as first reported by Alex Marvez of Fox Sports.
Joseph, 30, was drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round in 2006 with the 23rd overall pick. He was a pro bowler in 2008 and 2011. During the 2012 preseason, Joseph suffered a torn ACL during the third preseason game against the New England Patriots and was done for the season before it even started.
He was released by Tampa Bay on March 8th, 2014.
The Rams have already added a big upgrade to their porous offensive line, when they drafted Greg Robinson with the 2nd overall pick in the 2014 draft. The offensive line has been one of the positions they’ve focused on improving, especially since tackle Jake Long went down last season with a torn ACL, and with the return of Quarterback Sam Bradford, whom is also coming back from ACL injury.
This is the second consecutive season the Rams have upgraded the O-Line with a pro-bowl lineman. Despite Joseph suffering an ACL injury of his own in the past, this is a low risk-high reward move. If Joseph does well, then he could very well be re-signed for the future. If not, it’s still only a one year deal and the Rams will be able to move on without a big cap hit.
Suddenly, in the past few weeks, the offensive line unit of St. Louis looks a lot more stronger, especially more than it has in the past couple seasons. The addition of Joseph will be good for the younger starters to learn from a consistent veteran.