Rams Reportedly Sign DL Alex Carrington, Who the Browns Were Targeting

Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sport

The Browns saw two of Mike Pettine's former defenders sign with other teams on Tuesday.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the St. Louis Rams have agreed to terms with DL Alex Carrington:

The Browns had shown an interest in both Carrington and LB Arthur Moats, but ended up not signing either of them. The Steelers signed Moats earlier in the day. Carrington reportedly agreed to a one-year deal, which might end up being the type of contract where he wants to prove himself for a more lucrative contract in 2015.

Perhaps the Browns wanted to bring Carrington in on a multi-year deal, but didn't want to offer him a lot of money. By not getting Carrington, the chances of DL Ahtyba Rubin being released have lessened even more than before. The Browns have plenty of depth on the defensive line, so losing out on Carrington isn't a big deal. Moats could have helped with depth, but by not signing him, it seems to make sense that the Browns will now target an inside linebacker early in the draft.

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