- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) - The Los Angeles Rams signed former Washington center John Sullivan and former Houston linebacker Carlos Thompson on Wednesday.

Sullivan is the latest candidate to replace Tim Barnes, who was released last month. Barnes had spent the past six seasons with the Rams, starting 36 games.

Sullivan was the Minnesota Vikings’ starting center from 2009-14. The Notre Dame product missed the 2015 season with a back injury, and he started one game for the Redskins last season after Minnesota released him.

Sullivan spent last season playing for Washington offensive coordinator Sean McVay, who became the Rams head coach in January.

Demetrius Rhaney is the other center on the Rams‘ roster. Los Angeles signed Buffalo center Ryan Groy to an offer sheet last month, but the Bills matched it.

Thompson signed with the Texans as an undrafted free agent in 2015. The Ole Miss product appeared in two games before getting waived in August 2016.

Thompson could compete for a role as a pass-rusher with the Rams, who are relatively thin at outside linebacker.

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