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Rams find centerpiece for rebuilt line

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams' decisive move for free-agent Ravens center Jason Brown, who has agreed to terms on a five-year deal, gives them a starting point from which to rebuild their offensive line.

Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. shared a few thoughts on Brown earlier in the day, when it became apparent Brown would probably sign with the Rams. His breakdown:

"[Brown] is a perfect AFC North, AFC East kind of guy with lots of big nose tackles in those divisions. In the NFC West, I'm sure he'll do fine. He does have a hard time with speed and quickness, but he is a big, physical dude.

This move lends itself to saying, 'We're going to give Steven Jackson the rock.' That makes a lot of sense."

The Rams have been playing with backup centers in the starting lineup. Brown changes that overnight. His presence should upgrade both guard spots. And if the Rams draft a tackle with the second overall pick, as expected, the future of their line brightens further.