The St. Louis Rams tried their best to get free agent defensive tackle Jason Jones to sign a deal with the team, even sending Cortland Finnegan out to dinner with him to make the pitch. Jones left Rams Park without a contract and landed in Seattle Thursday night for a visit with the Seahawks. Meanwhile, the Rams are pursuing a backup plan. Dolphins defensive lineman Kendall Langford will visit St. Louis on Friday.
Langford left Cincinnati on Thursday without a contract on Friday morning. He is en route to St. Louis.
Langford was a third-round pick in 2008 from Hampton. With the Dolphins, he mostly played as a 3-4 defensive end. He does have the ability to work inside. As a prospect, he was noted for his athleticism and strength at the point of attack.
Those traits showed up with Dolphins as well. He is a plus pass rusher, according to Pro Football Focus, and 2011 was the first year he ever had a negative grade from PFF against the run. That might have been due to Miami's use of a hybrid front, using him some as an end in a four-man front.
Whether or not the Rams would sign Langford and Jones remains to be seen. First, they need to see what Jones decides. GM Les Snead expected a decision from Jones over the weekend, Monday at the latest.