Thursday, July 18, 2013
Young Rams could have new oldest player
By Mike Sando
The St. Louis Rams were desperate for receiver help in 2009 when they traded linebacker Will Witherspoon to the Philadelphia Eagles for Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round choice.
The team likes its receiver situation heading into the 2013 season, but veteran depth at linebacker was lacking. Enter Witherspoon, who is now a candidate to re-sign with the team, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Witherspoon, 32, played for current Rams coach Jeff Fisher and key assistants while with Tennessee in 2010. He remained with the Titans through last season and has seen his role change from every-down player to 34.5 percent of the snaps last season.
Jo-Lonn Dunbar and James Laurinaitis are firmly established as starting linebackers for the Rams this season. Rookie first-round pick Alec Ogletree is also expected to start. Josh Hull, a seventh-round pick in 2010, was the only other linebacker on the roster to enter the NFL as something other than an undrafted free agent over the past two seasons. He owns one start and has played 40 snaps.
Witherspoon, set to turn 33 in August, would become the oldest player on the Rams' 90-man roster. Scott Wells and Harvey Dahl are also 32.