Even before the free agency period began, here at Rant Sports we reported that the St. Louis Rams would be looking for some help at the outside linebacker position this offseason. Several names were mentioned as possibilities, but most believed they would lean toward younger players in the midst of their ongoing rebuilding effort. That isn’t always the case however, as the team has apparently zeroed in on a target of the veteran variety to fill the void.
Daryl Smith has been quite an underrated player over the better part of the last five years. Despite his age of 31, Smith has been an extremely productive tackler on an incredibly underwhelming Jacksonville Jaguars. Playing in a market where the fans don’t really support the team ferociously and the media doesn’t pay much attention to a losing franchise is a tough stigma to break. Still Smith since coming into the league in 2004 out of Georgia Tech, amassing quite a statistical resume with 538 total tackles, 21.5 sacks, nine forced fumbles, five fumble recoveries, and six interceptions in that time period.
What has scared teams off the most thus far this offseason has been his age coupled with the fact that 2012 was the first time that Smith missed significant time due to injury. A serious groin issue limited him to just two games a year ago and has teams wary of just how much longer he can last as a productive player.
As you can see, the infamous Adam Schefter has it on good authority that Smith will visit with the Rams Monday. For Jeff Fisher and his staff, this would be a tremendous addition despite the injury worries. In all likelihood, those concerns will drive Smith’s price down on the open market considering he hasn’t had much interest as of yet, and that could land the Rams a skilled, veteran presence at a position of need at a discount, no less.
If this visit is any indication, not many players have met with the Rams this offseason and not stuck around for a while. A signing could be in the near future if the team likes what they see medically, so keep your fingers crossed for a much needed addition to a lackluster linebacking corps.