LA Rams OLB manhunt ended: LB Jamir Jones claimed off waivers

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We knew that the LA Rams wanted to shore up their roster at outside linebacker. And you know that try as we might, the list of available free agents we found was not that inspiring.  When the Detroit Lions released veteran outside linebacker Jamie Collins, we barked up that tree for the same reasons. The Rams need more men at the outside linebacker position. It didn’t matter who the Rams picked up. It was simply quite important for the team to add one to the roster.

We are happy to announce that the LA Rams manhunt for an outside linebacker has come to a successful conclusion. As they so often do, the LA Rams found their guy off the waiver wire of an AFC North team. This time, he is Jamir Jones. He may not generate any instant name recognition yet, but the bar for an acceptable player here and now is more about potential than production.

Not that the job description for the role ended at breathing and has a detectable pulse. Merely that the Rams defense has multiple options of how to get production off the edge. It’s just that the Rams have had nagging injuries or downtime for all of their OLBs already, and the team is entering week four.

Is LA Rams General Manager Les Snead an honorary member of the Royal Canadien Mounted Police? It seems that both operate to the same phrase: “We always get our man“. Of course, the description of what the LA Rams wanted was a bit ambiguous.  We knew that ideally, he would need to be comfortable with a rotational role that may or may not lead to a larger role.

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We know that the team was hesitant to sign any free agent who may trigger an offset to potentially awarded 2022 compensatory draft picks. But most of all, he has to have huge upside potential.

There were few solid options available.