Rams sign receiver J.J. Worton

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Less than two weeks after drafting a tight end who faces assault charges, the Rams have signed a receiver who faces assault charges.

J.J. Worton was arrested in January arrested in January on charges that he assaulted a man and two women at a Foxborough, Massachusetts bar. More specifically, Worton was accused of groping both women and then knocking out one of their boyfriends.

Worton had been a member of the New England practice squad in 2015, but he wasn’t re-signed. He joins the Rams after participating in rookie minicamp on a tryout basis.

The decision to sign Worton to the L.A. 90-man roster comes at a time when the Rams have a high degree of equity in their new/old hometown. They probably could get away with signing Greg Hardy and Ray Rice, if they wanted.

Why bother to take the heat that comes from signing a guy who has little or no chance to get to the 53-man roster unless there’s no heat to be taken? For now, that’s the reality in Los Angeles for the Rams.

But the willingness to roll the dice on a bottom-of-the-roster player invites speculation that perhaps the Rams will show interest in Hardy once May 12 arrives and the compensatory draft-pick formula shuts off for 2016.