The St. Louis Rams added veteran linebacker Rocky McIntosh on Thursday. McIntosh signed a one-year deal with the team, after he was courted to varying degrees by Minnesota and Washington. The move shores up some of the questions about depth at the team's outside linebacker spot.
McIntosh was a man out of job in Washington. He was a solid player as a weakside linebacker in the team's 4-3 system, but was merely an accessory as one of the inside linebackers in the 3-4 defense there.
His role in St. Louis is still be to be defined. The Rams also signed veterans Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Mario Haggans to address concerns at outside linebacker. Haggans would appear to have a line on the starting strongside spot, but Dunbar has been mentioned as a candidate for that job too. Of course, Dunbar could also flip to the weakside, which was McIntosh's position in Washington's 4-3 days.
The Rams also have a pair of rookies with an outside chance to play themselves into the mix. Aaron Brown, a seventh-round pick out of Hawaii, and Sammy Brown, an undrafted free agent from the University of Houston, could both be long-term answers. Sammy Brown has shown a propensity for rushing the passer, but is a raw player. Aaron Brown has the athletic ability desired in a weakside linebacker. Both will have to show some value as special teams contributors in order to earn a final roster spot.