I think we all knew this was coming, but the Rams announced that they have agreed to a deal with LB Rocky McIntosh for the upcoming season. The sides agreed to terms on Thursday after the minicamp session, but terms of the deal were not disclosed. McIntosh is expected to battle for a starting spot out outside linebacker during training camp.
We talked a little about this already, but now that it’s official I think this was the right move for this team. McIntosh is a productive 4-3 player who fits the scheme and knows what he’s doing, and considering the lack of depth we currently have, it was a no-brainer. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if McIntosh becomes a starter fairly quickly during camp, and if I had to guess I would say that the team signed him with the expectation that he starts this season.
McIntosh joins Jo-Lonn Dunbar and Mario Haggan as free agent additions to this team at LB, and while none of these guys are going to carry your defense, it’s a group of veterans who know who they are and know how to play the game. The team also has some undrafted rookies who could factor in to the battle if they impress early in camp, but the combo of veterans and rookies looks pretty solid. I don’t think there’s any doubt that OLB is a position that’s going to need to be addressed long-term down the road, but McIntosh is a nice stopgap for now.