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Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Ben Leber strengthens Rams at linebacker

By Mike Sando

The St. Louis Rams added toughness and seasoning around their young middle linebacker by agreeing to terms with 32-year-old oustide linebacker Ben Leber.

Leber visited the Seattle Seahawks this week, but the Rams' offer for one year and $1.25 million was more appealing, ESPN's John Clayton reported.

Leber joins Zac Diles and Brady Poppinga among veteran linebackers signed to the Rams' roster this offseason. Our Scouts Inc. report on Leber describes him as durable, consistent and with good range, but better suited for zone coverage than straight man-to-man.

Leber has not missed a game over the past four seasons. He has started 110 of the 132 games he has played since entering the NFL with San Diego in 2002. Leber played strongside linebacker in the Chargers' 3-4 defense, but he played the weak side in the Vikings' 4-3 scheme last season.

Leber gives the Rams flexibility at the position. He's been more durable than Poppinga recently.