It wasn’t the easiest negotiation of all time, but the Rams have finally agreed to a deal with free agent linebacker Na’il Diggs. Diggs came to town several weeks ago for a visit, and the two sides had been close to a deal for some time. The news hit last night, and the team made the official announcement earlier today. It is looking like Diggs will take over at weak-side linebacker for Paris Lenon, but he is versatile enough to play the strong-side as well. Diggs has been in the league since 2000, and he has played at least 14 games in all but two of his nine years. He started his career with the Green Bay Packers, and he had his best season in 2003 where he finished with 87 tackles, one sack, and two interceptions. In 2006, Diggs left the frozen tundra for the warmer climate of Carolina and he played with the Panthers for four seasons where he played under current Rams DC Ken Flajole. Over his entire nine-year career, Diggs has played in 145 games, recorded 566 tackles (452 solo), 11.5 sacks, and five interceptions. I have talked about Diggs a bit previously, but there is no question that he is an upgrade over Paris Lenon in the linebacking corps. I lke the fact that he can play either side comfortably, and Spags really seems to like his leadership ability. With that being said, he is getting a bit older and there is no doubt that he has lost a step over the years. One thing we have to remember is that rebuilding this team is going to be a process, and getting a guy like Diggs is a move that can pay off now by getting a player and later by his ability to help any younger guys at the position.
Speaking of free agents, the Rams appear to still have some interest in bringing back DE Leonard Little, although the team wants him to play a more reduced role. Little hasn’t said much regarding his plans for next season, but the Rams would like him to serve as a situational pass-rusher for one more season. I hope Leonard finishes his career in St. Louis, and I think he could still be a valuable asset to the defense in the right capacity.