Nov 24, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph (75) against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Rams close to signing G Davin Joseph

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The St. Louis Rams are hot on the heels of guard Davin Joseph, according to Josh Katzowitz of CBS Sports. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer has been flirting with several teams of late, but it appears that the Rams — desperate to fortify their offensive line — are the front runner for the former Pro Bowl guard’s services.

The Rams have been all-in on their offensive line since last season when they signed Jake Long to a big contract despite health concerns. They then followed up the Long signing this year by taking Alabama tackle Greg Robinson second overall. They’ve employed big cap allocations and high, ultra-valuable draft picks on protecting QB Sam Bradford, so it makes sense that they would protect their investment in a good offensive line by providing depth in the form of guard Davin Joseph.

It’s buyer beware for the Rams though. As the article points out at the end, Pro Football Focus found Joseph’s performance in years past to be less than worthy of a big contract. As is always the case with any NFL contract, its value lies in the dollars spent relative to the performance received.

Once we know the details of Joseph’s contract, we’ll get one piece of the puzzle, but we won’t know the full effect of St. Louis’ aggressive rebuilding efforts until the team hits the field in September.

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