The Rams added some depth to its defensive unit with the signings of free agent linebacker Chris Draft and cornerback Mike Rumph late Monday night.
Draft signed a three-year deal and comes to St. Louis after spending time with Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta, and Carolina during his nine-year career. He started all 16 games for the Panthers last season recording 111 tackles and 5.5 sacks. Draft can play all three linebacker positions, but will most likely battle Brandon Chillar for a starting spot at strongside linebacker.
"He’s a three-position player," Coach Scott Linehan said. "He’s started actually at different times in his career at all three spots. He made an impression on us, certainly, when we played them."
Against the Rams last season, Draft had 1.5 sacks in a 15-0 win for Carolina.
Rumph was a first-round pick by the 49ers in 2002 but has yet to live up to the hype. He started 19 games for San Francisco in four seasons before being traded to the Redskins last year for wide receiver Taylor Jacobs.
Rumph has been labeled as "soft" and "uninterested" but the Rams hope he will be able to shed those labels and help in their secondary.