Rams To Sign Bernard Holsey

Rams To Sign Bernard Holsey

Turned away in their attempt to acquire defensive tackle Marcus Bell on waivers from the Arizona Cardinals, the Rams today agreed to terms with seven-year veteran defensive lineman Bernard Holsey.

The 6-2, 286-pound Holsey has played both end and tackle during his tenures with the Giants, Colts, Patriots and Redskins, but is expected to compete at tackle for the Rams. He started 16 games for Washington last season and had 2.5 sacks, but was not offered a contract as an unrestricted free agent.

With the Rams, he signed a one-year contract worth the veteran's minimum of $660,000 and did not receive a signing bonus. He will count $455,000 against the cap.

Originally signed as an undrafted free agent out of Duke by the Giants in 1996, Holsey played four seasons for the Giants before going to the Colts as an unrestricted free agent on March 15, 2000.

He played that season for the Colts, but was out of football in 2001 after being released on Aug. 20. He played for Dallas of the Arena Football League in 2002, then signed with the Patriots on July 25 and played eight games for New England, recording one sack.

As an unrestricted free agent last year, he wasn't signed by Washington until July 25. In his seven seasons, Holsey has played 104 games, started 33 and has 8.5 sacks.

The Rams had put in a claim for Bell after he was placed on waivers by the Cardinals June 1. However, five other teams also put in claims, and he was assigned to the Detroit Lions last Friday (June 11).

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