2013 NFL free agents: Rams looking at veteran linebackers, safeties

Grant Halverson

The St. Louis Rams are checking out some possible help for the defense, including Will Witherspoon.

The last time Will Witherspoon wore a St. Louis Rams uniform was October 2009. Former general manager Billy Devaney shipped him off to Philadelphia as part of the team's perpetual quest to stockpile marginal wide receivers, Brandon Gibson in this case. Witherspoon was back in St. Louis on Thursday with the hopes of continuing his NFL career.

Witherspoon and Chris Gocong visited Rams Park on Thursday, according to Jim Thomas of the Post Dispatch. It was an exploratory visit only. The team is checking out veteran options that could bolster the team's depth chart and add some experience to the youngest roster in the NFL.

A couple of veteran safeties paid visits to Rams Park this week too, per Thomas. Matt Giordano and Abram Elam followed Sherrod Martin in the team's ongoing perusal of defensive backs. Both Giordano and Elam were easily forgotten members of the Raiders and Chiefs, respectively, last season ... role players on two of the worst teams in the NFL. Of the three, Martin offers the most upside, especially considering that the Rams lack a known commodity at free safety.

This is standard operating procedure for teams at this point in the year. They bring in free agents, check out their health and readiness, and file that info away for a later date, when holes in the depth chart get a little clearer. Of course, that concept can be difficult to grasp. Fortunately for us, we have Tony Softli to state the obvious for us ... sticking on a "league sources" for effect:

Insider.

The Rams announced Thursday afternoon that the entire 2013 draft class has signed. That gives the front office a clear cap picture to add a veteran or two, at the right price.

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