It took longer than some may have anticipated, but the Rams closed their negotiations with veteran guard
Joseph found himself on the Rams’ radar during the first week of the free agency period, after being released by Tampa Bay, where Joseph has played for his entire eight-year NFL career.
After missing the entire 2012 season due to injury, Joseph rebounded by starting all 16 games for the Buccaneers in 2013 at right guard. Though the Buccaneers’ running game slowed at times last year, Joseph has specialized as a quality run-blocker through the majority of his eight-year career, clearing the way for six different featured backs during his time in Tampa Bay.
The signing addresses the latest addition to what figures to be a new-look Rams offensive line in 2014. Joseph joins guard
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The focus on building up both the offensive and defensive lines has been a common theme throughout the offseason for Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher and General Manager Les Snead, who have spoke often about the need to account for the physical, run-first style of play that has typified life in the NFC West. The addition of Joseph underscores that philosophy.
Joseph’s signing also follows a familiar organizational path for the Rams, who, despite having the league’s youngest team overall a year ago, were particularly veteran-heavy along the offensive line. Entering his ninth NFL season, Joseph becomes the Rams’ third offensive lineman with six or more years of NFL experience, joining C