NFL Free Agent Signing 2011: Harvey Dahl, St. Louis Rams Agree to 4-Year Deal

Ethan NovakAnalyst IIJuly 29, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 17:  Harvey Dahl #73 of the Atlanta Falcons in action against Stewart Bradley #55 of the Philadelphia Eagles during their game at Lincoln Financial Field on October 17, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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Reports that the St. Louis Rams have agreed to a contract with former Atlanta Falcon guard Harvey Dahl have emerged.

From Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Confirmed. Dahl agrees to terms w/rams.

From Adam Schefter of ESPN:

Sam Bradford's going to be happy: Rams reached agreement with former Falcons guard Harvey Dahl on a four-year deal.

This morning reports began to arise that the Rams were in serious pursuit of the guard, but there were concerns as to whether a bidding war would drive up Dahl's price to a point where the Rams would back off.  The amount of money Dahl will be making is unknown at this point, but we do know it is a four-year deal that will be somewhat pricey.  However, considering all of the money they have invested in quarterback Sam Bradford, the gaping hole they have had at right guard for the last few seasons and the fact that John Greco was likely their starting guard heading into this season, this is a brilliant move by the Rams.

Dahl is definitely a guy you want manning your offensive line.  He is solid in run-blocking and while he isn't the greatest pass blocker, he can still manage to hold his own.  The lineman is also very durable, missing only five games over the past three seasons.  Another healthy lineman will be key to the Rams developing an adequate offensive line, seeing as how just a couple years ago they had an injury-filled carousel of a line.  

Another appealing aspect of Dahl's playing style is his fiery attitude and leadership.  During a game against the San Francisco 49ers in the 2009 season, 49ers coach Mike Singletary took issue with Dahl and yelled, "You better be happy you didn't play back in my day!  If I could see you on the field!" Dahl immediately cut if off and retorted, "Suit up, then!" 

Yeah, Ram fans should love this guy already.

Standing at 6'5" and 313 pounds, it appears the Rams may have found the final missing piece to an offensive line with an already incredible amount of potential.

Fun Fact: The Rams now have the only two players in the league with the last name Dahl (safety Craig Dahl).