Rams News: Los Angeles Signs Free Agent Center John Sullivan

Rams News: Los Angeles Signs Free Agent Center John Sullivan

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Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

On Wednesday the Los Angeles Rams announced that they have signed free agent center John Sullivan to a contract.

Sullivan spent the 2016 as the backup center for the Washington Redskins, so he is familiar with Rams head coach Sean McVay’s offense.

The 31-year-old was a sixth round draft pick by the Minnesota Vikings in 2008 out of Notre Dame, and spent his first seven seasons with the Vikings. In those seven seasons he missed just three games, and he started in every game he played for the final six seasons.

He missed the entire 2015 season with season with a back injury before joining the Redskins in 2016, where he appeared in 13 games starting in one of them.

The Rams currently have a vacancy at center that Sullivan can fill, as they released starter Tim Barnes earlier this offseason. Los Angeles had previously extended a two-year offer sheet to Bills restricted free agent center Ryan Groy, but Buffalo matched it last month.

Sullivan is the second veteran free agent the Rams have added to their offensive line this offseason, as they signed former Cincinnati Bengals offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth earlier this offseason. They will likely boast a Rams offensive line that was one of the worst in football in 2016.