NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the team is set to sign former Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph to a one-year contract, according to a source involved. Alex Marvez of Fox Sports first reported the news. The team officially announced the signing Wednesday.
Joseph was released in March after missing the entire 2012 season and disappointing as a 16-game starter in 2013.
Spending nearly three months on the open market suggests the rest of the NFL wasn't wild about his future prospects after poring over game film.
Joseph will ostensibly provide insurance in case Jake Long suffers a setback in his recovery from ACL surgery. Long, signed away from the Dolphins last offseason, is tentatively scheduled to return for training camp.
With the additions of Long, Barksdale and Joseph, the re-signing of Saffold and the drafting of No. 2 overall pick Greg Robinson, the Rams have transformed their offensive line from one of the league's weakest two years ago to a genuine asset entering the 2014 season.