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James Laurinaitis next in line for Rams extension

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With defensive end Chris Long taken care of, the Rams have apparently turned their attention toward a new contract for linebacker James Laurinaitis.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the team has begun talks with agent Tom Condon for the linebacker before he enters the final year of his deal.

“Tom mentioned that they’re talking, but I don’t follow that stuff,” Laurinaitis said. “I really try not to focus on that. I just go and play football and if anything happens, Tom will let me know.”

The Rams are clearly trying to identify the pieces new coach Jeff Fisher wants to build around, and use the big bump in cap space they’re expected to have in 2013.

But as importantly, it’s easier to sell a rebuilding program when good players with options such as Long and Laurinaitis decide to stay.

As Thomas points out, Long’s teams have gone 12-52 since his arrival. Laurinaitis has enjoyed a 10-38 record.

But there’s no apparent hesitation on their parts to sign on long-term.

“Yeah, absolutely,” Laurinaitis said. “This is the team that drafted me. And you’ve got to let the whole process play out. That’s why I hired Tom and Ben [Dogra] to take care of that stuff. I think they’re pretty good, so we’ll see what they come up with.”

Having a solid defensive end and middle linebacker is a good place to start, and Long and Laurinaitis could clearly stand out on good teams as well. Now the Rams have to continue to add parts, in hopes of reversing some of those horrible records.

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5 Responses to “James Laurinaitis next in line for Rams extension”
  1. iced107 says: Jul 31, 2012 8:07 AM

    Laurinaitis is going to get a pro bowl soon. I think he would already be there if it wasn’t for Patrick Willis in the NFC West.

  2. mcbleeezy says: Jul 31, 2012 8:09 AM

    Watch out. That Ram’s D is slowly putting together something special. 8-9 wins this year.

  3. sj39 says: Jul 31, 2012 8:27 AM

    Not to worry, with the additions of Cortland Finnagan, Jenkins, Brockers and the other additions made in FA and the draft not to mention the fact that they have two first round picks in the next two drafts, Sam Bradford and the Rams are finally on the way up and they won’t look back.

  4. schmitty2 says: Jul 31, 2012 9:25 AM

    Self admitted Ram’s homer here.. pretty excited where this team is headed. Are they a playoff team this year..no. But I believe they have a legit shot possibly next year. They have got to keep Bradford upright and get the receivers developed or its all for naught

  5. sterilizecromartie says: Jul 31, 2012 9:26 AM

    With all those extra picks from the Redskins you would think the Rams would make a move for Mike Wallace. I’m sure the Steelers would listen to offers and STL needs a true #1 WR for Bradford.

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