The St. Louis Rams signed another free agent this week, another name the team just happens to be very familiar with. Linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar signed a two-year contract on Thursday night, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.
LB Jo-Lonn Dunbar agrees to terms on a 2-year deal with the #Rams, per source. It can be worth up to $3.5M— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2014
That's a relative bargain to give them a veteran presence at outside linebacker, and it reunites the starting trio of Dunbar, Jame Laurinaitis and Alec Ogletree from most of last season. I say most of last season because Dunbar missed the first four games because of a PED suspension. That actually led the Rams and an openly furious Jeff Fisher to cut him before the start of the season, only to re-sign him once he served his time.
A strongside backer, Dunbar doesn't play a full set of snaps like the other two linebackers. He had a solid year of run defense in 2012, his first season with the Rams, but his performance declined last year. Pro Football Focus graded him at -1.7 against the run. He ranked 88th out of 94 in PFF's list of 4-3 OLBs, and he ranked 73rd in run defense.
Still, the Rams don't have many option behind him on the depth chart. Ray Ray Armstrong flashed some talent last year, but his knack for penalties was too big of a liability even for the penalty-prone Rams. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Rams taking a long look at the linebacker available in this draft.