Rams fans have had plenty of experience dealing with rumors of free agents coming to town, so it was no surprise when we had another one of those incidents on Tuesday. Howard Balzer of 101 ESPN tweeted this afternoon that the team had agreed to a deal with former Minnesota Vikings linebacker Ben Leber. Then, Balzer said that a team source told him there was no deal done. Finally, he said that a source told him that the deal was completed, at which time John Clayton of ESPN reported that the two sides agreed to a one year, $1.25 million deal. I don’t know if it’s actually “official” just yet, but it sounds like Leber will be a part of this team in 2011.
Assuming this deal is finalized, it represents another nice move by the Rams front office. Leber is a guy we talked about a lot during the lockout as a potential nice fit here in St. Louis, and he was one of the top players left in the free agent market. What makes this move even better is that the Seahawks were also in talks with Leber. That means that not only did we pick up a durable veteran player at a need position, but we also kept him away from Seattle. Leber gives the Rams some flexibility at the position after the signings of Zac Diles and Brady Poppinga, so it will be interesting to see how the starting positions shake out during camp. Overall, it looks like a win-win for the Rams.