Rams check out more veteran linebackers

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The Rams spent some time with free agent linebacker Takeo Spikes this week, but he’s not the only veteran addition they’re contemplating at the moment.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Will Witherspoon and Chris Gocong are visiting with the Rams on Thursday. If they wind up signing Witherspoon, it will be a double reunion.

Witherspoon played four seasons for the Rams from 2006-2009 and he also spent the 2010 season playing for current Rams coach Jeff Fisher as a member of the Titans. He remained with the Titans in each of the last two seasons but moved from the starting lineup to a reserve role in 2012.

There hasn’t been much other reported interest in Witherspoon this offseason, but Gocong did have a tryout with the Eagles in May that didn’t lead to a contract. Gocong was released by the Browns in April after missing the entire 2012 season because of an Achilles injury. He had started 32 straight games for the Browns before his injury, however.

The Rams could just be filling out their in case of emergency list at linebacker, but their lack of experienced depth to go with James Laurinaitis, Alec Ogletree and Jo-Lonn Dunbar suggests that they’ll be adding someone to the group before camp.

4 responses to “Rams check out more veteran linebackers

  1. Will Witherspoon did not have a very memorable stint with the Rams last time around. (I’m phrasing that gently.) I’m not sure why Snead and Fisher are pursuing over-the-hill LBs at this point.

  2. @computojon

    I agree they need to quit pursuing older LB’s but Will had 223 tackles and 10 sacks his first 2 years with them. Not too bad IMO.

  3. I hope they sign Spikes as I thought he was a total class act in San Diego. Add in the fact that the Ref’s screwed him over on his potential last game in the NFL and ejected him. Not the way to end a stellar career that he has had to this point. If the Rams don’t get him, I hope someone signs him and he plays again.

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