St. Louis Rams Sign Free Agent DE William Hayes

Justin Gibson@JustinNColumbiaCorrespondent IIIApril 6, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - SEPTEMBER 11:   Maurice Jones-Drew #32 of the Jacksonville Jaguars is tackled by  William Hayes #95 of the Tennessee Titans during the season opener game at EverBank Field on September 11, 2011 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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St. Louis Rams head coach Jeff Fisher has been reunited with another player as the team signed defensive end William Hayes to a one-year deal, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Financial terms of the deal have yet to be announced.

Hayes adds depth to the Rams' defensive line and will likely back up DEs Chris Long and Robert Quinn. The signing starts filling holes in the depth chart at the position for the Rams after the release of James Hall and loss of C.J. Ah You after the restricted free agent was not tendered a contract. Neither have since signed elsewhere.

During the first four years of his career with the Tennessee Titans, Hayes rung up 112 tackles and eight sacks. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch's Jim Thomas reported he had visited the Rams earlier this week.

The 6'3", 272 lb. defensive lineman started just one game for the Titans last season, but did see some playing time in 10 games.

The 26-year-old Hayes was a fourth-round pick by the Titans in 2008 out of Winston-Salem State.

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