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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

St. Louis Rams gamble with health again and sign former Bills' Alex Carrington


By on 3/26/2014 10:30:00 AM

The St. Louis Rams seem to be rolling the dice with injured players in free agency this year.  After a mess with the Raiders regarding offensive lineman Rodger Saffold's health resulting in a re-signing of a potentially injured player, the Rams also threw caution to the wind and signed former Florida State cornerback Greg Reid.  Reid had two concurrent knee surgeries in 2012 and 2013 and has never played in an NFL game. 

According to NFL.com's Marc Sessler, St. Louis has yet again signed a player that ended 2013 on the injured reserve list, former Bills defensive lineman Alex Carrington.

Carrington visited several different NFL teams to check out their cities, facilities and visit with the coaching staff before making a decision.  In addition to the Rams, he checked out the Steelers, Raiders and the Browns.

Last night, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport tweeted that Carrington had made his decision.
26-year old Carrington was originally selected by the Bills with the 72nd overall pick in the third round of the 2010 NFL draft.  A defensive standout from Arkansas State, he had 141 tackles and 21 sacks in his four years as a Red Wolf.  As a rookie in Buffalo, he eased into the system slowly and played nine games in his first season, collecting eight tackles and one sack.

In 2011 and 2012, Carrington started making a name for himself and played two full seasons for the Bills, posting 35 tackles, three sacks, and one forced fumble in 32 games.

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Last year, in a 27-20 loss to the New York Jets, Carrington severely injured his quadriceps, ending his season in week three.  He finished 2013 playing in three games with 10 tackles.

With the Rams desperately needing to boost their defensive line, Carrington seems like a good fit, regardless of his injury last year.  At 6-foot-5, 301 pounds, Carrington has lined up all over the defensive line in his four years in Buffalo, although playing end in a 3-4 scheme has been his most comfortable and consistent spot.

Despite St. Louis seemingly picking up damaged goods in free agency, they do have the 2nd and 13th overall picks in the upcoming draft this May.  After beefing up their defensive line, secondary, and offensive line with the three injury signings, the Rams now may focus on improving their offense after finishing in last place in the NFC West last year.  They ended with a 7-9 record in the arguably toughest division in the NFL, but are on track to give their rivals a run for their money in 2014.


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