Monday, April 2, 2012
Ex-Saints LB upgrades Rams' depth, at least
By Mike Sando
Gregg Williams' indefinite suspension from the St. Louis Rams will not stop the team from signing the defensive coordinator's former players.
Linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar, signed Monday as an unrestricted free agent from the New Orleans Saints, gives the Rams a veteran linebacker fully versed in the system St. Louis plans to install.
Dunbar played 68 percent of the defensive snaps for the Saints last season. The team valued him for his ability to back up all three spots and start when needed. Dunbar also played extensively on special teams.
The Rams have zero quality depth at linebacker. Dunbar upgrades the position.
Scouts Inc. has called Dunbar a technically sound player with good instincts, but also one lacking ideal size and occasionally struggling to get depth in his pass drops.
James Laurinaitis returns as the starting middle linebacker in St. Louis. Dunbar, Josh Hull and Justin Cole are the other linebackers. The team could still draft for the position.
The Rams also re-signed quarterback Tom Brandstater. I'm not sure whether Kellen Clemens is in their plans. Starter Sam Bradford had been the only other quarterback on the roster.