Around the NFC West: Rams' OL need

Around the NFC West: March 21, 2013

Good morning, NFC West.

The pace of free agency slowed during the recently completed NFL owners meeting, but the St. Louis Rams did lose some depth on their offensive line when guard Robert Turner agreed to terms with Tennessee.

Turner arrived in St. Louis from the New York Jets as a bit of an afterthought last offseason. He signed a one-year deal for $700,000 after starting two games in five NFL seasons. None of his salary was guaranteed.

Turner wound up starting all 16 games and playing every offensive snap for the Rams, outperforming any reasonable expectations.

A starting job was not assured for Turner in 2013, but he figured to provide quality depth, at least. The Rams could have justified drafting for their offensive line anyway.

St. Louis has used 16 starters on its offensive line over the past two seasons. That number will rise to 18, at least, with Turner departing and Jake Long arriving as the new left tackle.