Trevor Laws: St. Louis Rams Sign Former Philadelphia Eagles DT

Justin Gibson@JustinNColumbiaCorrespondent IIIApril 11, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO - OCTOBER 12:  Defensive lineman Trevor Laws #93 of the Philadelphia Eagles chases down running back Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers during their game on October 12, 2008 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California. Philadelphia won 40-26.  (Photo by Greg Trott/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams have signed former Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Trevor Laws to a one-year deal, according to St. Louis Post Dispatch reporter Jim Thomas.

Laws, 27, is the second free-agent defensive tackle the Rams have signed this offseason, after Kendall Langford. He will compete for playing time with Langford, Jermelle Cudjo, Gary Gibson and Darell Scott as the team attempts to strengthen its run defense, which was ranked as one of the worst in the NFL last season.

The defensive tackle tweeted this evening that "its time for me to take this show to STL."

Pro Football Focus graded Laws as a negative player at the position last season in 351 plays. He is 6'1", 305 lbs and serves as a commendable run stuffer.

He had a career-high 40 tackles this past season and 16 quarterback hurries. In four seasons (56 games) he has 86 tackles and five sacks.

The Rams have put an emphasis at defensive tackle this offseason after the release of Justin Bannan and Fred Robbins, who started in 2011. Bannan has since signed with the Denver Broncos, and Robbins is still a free agent.

The team could still be a candidate to draft another defensive tackle in this year's draft to solidify and get younger at the position. Both Langford and Laws are in their 20s as Bannan and Robbins were in their 30s.

Laws was drafted in the second round (47th overall) out of Notre Dame in 2008.


Justin Gibson covers the St. Louis Rams for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter.