Free-agent lineman Ndamukong Suh is scheduled to visit with the Rams on Tuesday, the latest potential plot twist in the Rams’ remade defense.
On Monday, the Rams announced they had agreed to terms on a one-year contract with defensive lineman Dominique Easley, who suffered a season-ending knee injury during training camp last year.
Easley, 26, was a first-round draft pick by the New England Patriots in 2014. He signed with the Rams before the 2016 season for $600,000, and played well as a back-up, recording 3½ sacks.
Easley signed a one-year contract for about $1.8 million before the 2017 season and was looking forward to playing in Wade Phillips’ 3-4 scheme. But he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament on a non-contact play during the Rams’ first full-pads workout at UC Irvine.
It was the third major knee injury of Easley's college and pro career. Now he could be part of a line that includes reigning NFL defensive player of the year Aaron Donald, Michael Brockers, Tanzel Smart, Ethan Westbrooks, Matt Longacre and, possibly, Suh.
“How you doing Ram nation? I didn’t want to go nowhere. I’m not going nowhere. Good to be back,” Easley said in a video posted to the Rams’ website.
The 6-foot-4, 307-pound Suh, 31, was released last week by the Miami Dolphins. The five-time Pro Bowl selection has visited the Tennessee Titans and New Orleans Saints, and also reportedly has interest in meeting with the Seattle Seahawks.
The Rams are looking to add depth to their pass rush and run defense after trading linebackers Robert Quinn and Alec Ogletree before the start of free agency.
Suh had 4½ sacks last season for the Dolphins, who signed him to a six-year, $114-million contract before the 2015 season.
Suh started all 16 games in seven of his eight NFL seasons, according to profootballreference.com. He started 14 games in 2011.