St. Louis Rams Free Agency: Rams Sign Former Dolphins DE Kendall Langford

Justin Gibson@JustinNColumbiaCorrespondent IIIMarch 17, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 19:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings is sacked by Kendall Langford #70 of the Miami Dolphins during the second half of the game on September 19, 2010 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams have signed former Miami Dolphins defensive end Kendall Langford to a four-year, $24 million contract, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The deal includes $12 million guaranteed.

Langford has shown strengths as both a pass-rusher and run-stuffer during his career. While the move may signal the Rams have moved on from free agent Jason Jones, 101ESPN analyst Howard Balzer said the team is still trying to sign the former Titan. St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jim Thomas echoed the same sentiment, saying the Rams still need two starters on the defensive line.

The Cincinnati Bengals were believed to also be in the bidding for Langford.

WalterFootball.com ranked Langford as the fourth-best defensive tackle/end available behind Red Bryant, Paul Soliai and Calais Campbell.

While in Miami, Langford excelled in the 3-4 defense, but will be forced to switch to a 4-3 in St. Louis.

The 26-year-old, 6'6" and 295-pound defensive lineman had 20 tackles, with no sacks and a forced fumble last season as the Dolphins turned to more 4-3 fronts midseason. Langford had 7.5 sacks in his first three seasons.

He was drafted 66th overall by the Dolphins in the 2008 NFL Draft coming out of Hampton University.

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