THURSDAY, 2:25pm: According to Marvez (via Twitter), Joseph’s new one-year deal is worth $1.75MM, with a $1.1MM base salary, a $300K roster bonus, and $350K in additional per-game roster bonuses.
WEDNESDAY, 9:37am: The Rams have officially signed Joseph, the team announced today (via Twitter).
TUESDAY, 4:23pm: While it’s not a done deal yet, the Rams are finalizing their agreement with Joseph, which will be a one-year contract, tweets Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com.
Joseph, 30, spent the first eight seasons of his NFL career with the Buccaneers, starting 99 of the 100 games he played for the team. A two-time Pro Bowler, Joseph missed the 2012 season with a torn patellar tendon and provided subpar play at right guard last year upon his return, despite starting all 16 games. According to Pro Football Focus’ advanced grades (subscription required), Joseph ranked second-last among 81 qualified guards in 2013. The former first-rounder was released by Tampa Bay earlier in the offseason.
For the Rams, Joseph should provide some veteran depth on an offensive line that saw guards Shelley Smith and Chris Williams sign elsewhere in free agency. Despite losing those two regulars, St. Louis addressed the line by re-signing Rodger Saffold to a lucrative five-year contract and selecting Greg Robinson with the No. 2 pick in this month’s draft, so Joseph shouldn’t be pressed into a starting role, barring an injury.