Multiple media outlets are reporting that the Rams have beefed up their defensive line with the signing of 10th-year DT Chris Hovan, who was released by the Buccaneers in April.
A former first-round pick of the Vikings in the 2000 draft (25th overall), Hovan signed with Tampa Bay in 2005 and made enough of an impact on the team's run defense to warrant a five-year, $17.5 million contract extension in ’06.
But Hovan began to decline the last couple of seasons and became expendable after the Buccaneers drafted DTs Gerald McCoy (first round) and Brian Price (second round) in this year’s draft.
In St. Louis, Hovan would add experience to a DT rotation that currently consists of ex-Giant Fred Robbins, Clifton Ryan, Darell Scott and Gary Gibson.
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