KANSAS CITY MO - DECEMBER 05: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs loses the ball as he is pressured by Mario Haggan #57 and Justin Bannan #97 of the Denver Broncos during the game on December 5 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
Add Justin Bannan to the list of defensive tackles being considered by the St. Louis Rams. According to Jim Thomas, Bannan, with the Broncos last season, is another name in the mix. It also indicates that low-end veteran help is how Devaney et al plan to address the team's need at defensive tackle.
Bannan started all 16 games in Denver last year, playing defensive end. The McDaniels-led Donkeys signed him as a free agent from Baltimore. He has experience at DE and DT and would be tackle in a 4-3 defense. At 32, Bannan is no spring chicken, but could be an upgrade over Gary Gibson.
Adequate. That sounds like the best way to describe Bannan.
Also of note, the Texans have given permission for DT Amobi Okoye to seek a trade. Okoye, a top ten pick in 2008, never really blossomed in Houston; he doesn't fit at all in their new 3-4 defense. Teams seeking a 4-3 defensive tackle who might still have some potential would be interested. He's only 24, and surely couldn't be any less of a player than the players bringing up the rear of the Rams DT rotation.