Grade Day: The St. Louis Rams’ signing of Davin Joseph

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It’s Wednesday, which means we’re dishing out grades all over the site for recent team happenings. In the Rams case, we’re taking a look at the team’s acquisition of former Tampa Bay Buccaneers guard Davin Joseph.

It’s really hard not to like this pickup on paper, especially when given the circumstances of his signing. As you remember, the Rams hosted Joseph on a visit in March (which was also discussed briefly in this morning’s piece), but the 30-year-old two-time Pro Bowler left St. Louis without a contract. Much of our grade for the signing is due to the Rams holding out and signing Joseph to what will surely be a much less costly deal than any he would have signed prior to the draft (financial details of the contract are still undisclosed).

The Rams now have a talented-albeit-injury prone veteran guard to add to a suddenly crowded offensive line group. What’s more is that the “prove it” style one-year contract they got him with shifts all of the upside in the Rams’ favor. If Joseph pans out, fantastic. The offensive line has instantly become one of this team’s strengths. If not, the deal will very likely be one the team can easily opt out of without much cost and it’s on to the next one.

For that reason alone, we’ll give this signing a very firm A.

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