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Ben Leber | Linebacker

Team: Los Angeles Rams
Age / DOB:  (39) / 12/7/1978
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 245
College: Kansas State
Drafted: 2002 / Rd. 3 (71) / LAC

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Former Rams and Vikings LB Ben Leber has retired from football.
Leber opened last season as St. Louis' starting weak-side linebacker, though he was benched after three games and waived in December. The 33-year-old enjoyed his best years with the Vikings in the mid- to late-2000s, where he started at both outside spots and played inside in the nickel. Leber finishes his career with 113 starts, 24 sacks, five interceptions, and 13 forced fumbles. Fri, Jun 8, 2012 10:16:00 PM

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Ben Leber - LB - Rams

The Eagles recently worked out free agent LB Ben Leber.

Signed to a one-year, $1.25 million contract by the Rams last August, Leber struggled to get on the field before drawing his release in December. Now 33, he won't draw interest as anything other than a veteran camp body.
Tue, Mar 13, 2012 12:39:00 PM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

Rams waived LB Ben Leber.

Leber was a huge disappointment for the Rams after signing a one-year, $1.25 million deal in training camp, and was sent to the bench in favor of Chris Chamberlain in Week 6. He had been alternating between being a reserve and healthy scratch the past six weeks. Four days shy of his 33rd birthday, the sun is rapidly setting on Leber's productive 10-year NFL career.
Sat, Dec 3, 2011 12:21:00 PM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

Rams WLB Ben Leber left Monday's Week 2 game against the Giants late in the third quarter with a groin injury, and is questionable to return.

It was a non-contact injury and Leber was seen on the sideline bicycle shortly after. He was replaced by backup Chris Chamberlain.
Mon, Sep 19, 2011 11:10:00 PM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

Ben Leber and Brady Poppinga are expected to open the season as the Rams' starting outside linebackers.

Both are over-30 offseason free agent additions. Leber would replace Chris Chamberlain and Bryan Kehl at weak-side linebacker, with Poppinga overtaking SLB Na'il Diggs. Diggs is 33 with a $1.25 million salary, so it's fair to wonder if losing his starting job to Poppinga would also cost Diggs his roster spot.
Fri, Aug 26, 2011 01:59:00 PM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

Rams agreed to terms with LB Ben Leber on a one-year, $1.25 million contract.

One of the few remaining quality free agents, Leber picked the Rams over the Seahawks and one other undisclosed team. Though he played weak side for the Vikings, Leber could be moved to the strong side to compete with Na'il Diggs and Brady Poppinga opposite Zac Diles.
Tue, Aug 9, 2011 04:59:00 PM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

Free agent LB Ben Leber visited the Seahawks on Monday.

The Seahawks could use some competition at weak-side linebacker, where troubled Leroy Hill is currently projected to start. Leber, 32, was the Vikings' Will 'backer for the past three seasons. He also has special teams experience.
Mon, Aug 8, 2011 10:24:00 PM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

The Seahawks are one of four teams that are talking to free agent WLB Ben Leber, according to ESPN's John Clayton.

Leber will be 33 in December and is finding a soft market. The Seahawks look like a nice fit as the oft-injured and troubled Leroy Hill is currently penciled in on the weak side. The Seahawks lost backup Will Herring to the Saints.
Wed, Aug 3, 2011 12:50:00 PM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

According to WLB Ben Leber's agent, re-signing with Minnesota is his client's first choice, but "I don't know if they have the money or the cap space to do it."

This from Jeremy Fowler of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. The Vikings did not contact Leber before the lockout, and all signs point to the veteran ending up elsewhere. Erin Henderson and rookie Ross Homan are two in-house options that could be given a chance to compete with an UDFA.
Tue, Jul 26, 2011 09:45:00 AM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

Free agent WLB Ben Leber indicated that he doesn't expect to re-sign with the Vikings for the 2011 season.

Chad Greenway also predicts Leber won't be back, even though the 32-year-old would re-sign in a perfect world. "The reality is if they were really, really wanting me back then maybe something would have been said before the lockout," said Leber. "It’s not always up to you and you have to be willing to move on."
Mon, Jun 27, 2011 04:36:00 PM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

Vikings franchise player Chad Greenway predicts that free agent WLB Ben Leber will not be back with the team in 2011.

"I would say there is a better percentage of him not being here than him being here," said Greenway. "But again, that's not my hope." Leber is 32, and his snaps were cut in half last year. The Vikes won't spend big on Leber's replacement. They could let Erin Henderson and rookie Ross Homan compete for the job.
Wed, Jun 1, 2011 01:03:00 PM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

The Vikings are expected to explore other options at weak-side linebacker in 2011.

Ben Leber, now 32, is the incumbent, but he's due hit free agency this offseason. He was replaced in most subpackages in 2010, playing just 51.1 percent of the defensive snaps in a reduced role. Jasper Brinkley could be an in-house option, but he remains a major liability in coverage and fits much better as a backup inside linebacker with special teams value.
Wed, Jan 26, 2011 11:17:00 AM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

Vikings WLB Ben Leber anticipates the team blitzing more often under new defensive coordinator Fred Pagac.

It's certainly no given that this will be the case, as former DC and current interim head coach Leslie Frazier will still have his fingerprints all over the defense. But, the Vikings could stand to do something to spark their pass rush, which has produced a disappointing 17 sacks this season.
Wed, Nov 24, 2010 09:09:00 AM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

Vikings WLB Ben Leber left Sunday's game in the third quarter with a lower back injury.

Leber is questionable to return, but had trouble just getting onto the cart taking him to the locker room.
Sun, Sep 19, 2010 02:44:00 PM
Ben Leber - LB - Rams

Vikings LB Ben Leber has become a three-down player following E.J. Henderson's season-ending loss.

Leber is staying at weak-side 'backer on early downs, but replacing Henderson in the nickel defense at middle linebacker. Leber flew all around the field in Week 6 against the Saints, finishing with seven tackles, an interception, and three swatted passes. He should be owned in all IDP leagues.
Thu, Oct 9, 2008 09:18:00 AM

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