The St. Louis Rams are expected to add veteran linebacker Will Witherspoon prior to training camp, according to Jim Thomas at the Post-Dispatch. The Rams cleared space for this move after releasing rookie free agents offensive tackle Terrell Brown and linebacker Phillip Steward, on Wednesday.
This wouldn't be Witherspoon's first time with the Rams. Witherspoon was a Ram in 2006 and he was traded to the Eagles in 2009 for Brandon Gibson and a fifth-round pick. He left the Eagles after that season, and spent the next three playing for the Tennessee Titans. He knows head coach Jeff Fisher.
Witherspoon's three seasons with the Titans were mostly forgettable. In 2010, he had 92 combined tackles and an interception. The next two years he combined for 103 tackles and 2 interceptions. He most likely played as a WLB during that time. Last season he ended up a backup player.
As for Brown and Steward their futures are uncertain. A torn Achilles tendon will delay Steward's career. There's always a chance, but he could be out for a year.
Brown made headlines for his size. At 6'10, 388 pounds, he was, unofficially, the biggest man in the NFL. His skill set was very raw, but his size might have bought him a place on the practice squad. Here he is with rookie Stedman Bailey.
So don't get too excited about Witherspoon, like the other veteran linebackers that the Rams spent time with this offseason, Witherspoon is best suited as backup and an emergency starter. And that's if he makes the final 53 man roster.
Last night it became official, Witherspoon is back with a one year deal.
So the Rumors are true I'm going Back to STL!! Is anyone as excited as I am? NOPE!!— WillWitherspoon (@willwitherspoon) July 19, 2013