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    Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    07/28/2007


    No one wanted to be on the practice field Friday more than rookie defensive lineman Adam Carriker. The Rams' first-round draft pick from Nebraska has an old-school mentality and a passion for the game of football.

    Even before Carriker signed his five-year contract Friday missing just the morning practice to start training camp the Rams couldn't keep him away from their complex.

    "He took three days to go on a honeymoon," coach Scott Linehan said. "Other that that, he's been in our building."

    Working out.


    "When we took our break (after the June minicamp), he was in here," Linehan said. "He was here the day before we reported (for training camp)."

    Carriker said he and his wife, Angela, bought a house near Rams Park after he was drafted 13th overall. So why not use the team's weight and exercise facilities?

    While Rams president of football operations-general manager Jay Zygmunt negotiated the Marc Bulger contract extension Thursday night, Rams director of football operations Samir Suleiman negotiated the Carriker deal. The Rams didn't reach an agreement with Carriker until nearly 2 a.m. Friday.

    Suleiman stayed at Rams Park overnight getting the final details squared away. Carriker was informed of the deal Friday morning, while sitting at that new home in St. Louis. The contract is worth $12.8 million, with incentives that can raise its value over $14 million. More than $9 million of the contract is guaranteed.

    When Carriker arrived at Rams Park, the club was halfway through the morning practice.

    "They're explaining (the contract) to me, and I'm looking out at the practice field," Carriker said. "Because I could see it from where I was sitting."


    Itching to get out on the field, Carriker tried to watch what the defensive linemen were doing in practice while his contract terms were being explained to him.

    "I need to get on the field," Carriker said. "I need to learn the plays. I need to get acclimated to the NFL."

    Carriker, who will start at defensive tackle, made his practice debut Friday night.


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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    You have to love this guy!

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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    So far, I am really liking the level of charactar shown by Carriker and Leonard. Carriker seems to have real hunger for sucess, and I still love that we drafted the guy who didnt throw a fit when he got demoted and instead volunteered to play fullback.

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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    Even before Carriker signed his five-year contract Friday missing just the morning practice to start training camp the Rams couldn't keep him away from their complex. "He took three days to go on a honeymoon," coach Scott Linehan said. "Other that that, he's been in our building." Working out. "When we took our break (after the June minicamp), he was in here," Linehan said. "He was here the day before we reported (for training camp)."
    If you can read that without getting goose bumps, go follow the professional chess league, cause you are on the wrong board.

    Good grief, I can't wait to see this kid develop!
    "Before the gates of excellence the high gods have placed sweat; long is the road thereto and rough and steep at first; but when the heights are reached, then there is ease, though grievously hard in the winning." --- Hesiod

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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    Carriker will determine whether the Rams make the playoffs, if he can improve the run defense by 10 spots the Ram will be contenders.

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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambos View Post
    You have to love this guy!
    you said that right.

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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    If you can read that without getting goose bumps, go follow the professional chess league, cause you are on the wrong board.

    Good grief, I can't wait to see this kid develop!
    Goose bumps all over me Hub LOL,

    I will be following this kids play all season, Thank God he's a Ram

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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    I am due for a new Jersey.............it will definitely be a Carriker now.
    Semper Fi!

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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    While Rams president of football operations-general manager Jay Zygmunt negotiated the Marc Bulger contract extension Thursday night, Rams director of football operations Samir Suleiman negotiated the Carriker deal. The Rams didn't reach an agreement with Carriker until nearly 2 a.m. Friday.

    Suleiman stayed at Rams Park overnight getting the final details squared away. Carriker was informed of the deal Friday morning, while sitting at that new home in St. Louis. The contract is worth $12.8 million, with incentives that can raise its value over $14 million. More than $9 million of the contract is guaranteed.
    Hmmm, one might say that with Suleiman involved, it likely proved to be a very cut-throat negotiation, eh? Anyone?
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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    Good thing the new Carriker's honeymoon is over. Time for AC to play in the NFL! Look out!

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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Hmmm, one might say that with Suleiman involved, it likely proved to be a very cut-throat negotiation, eh? Anyone?
    I knew someone would throw that out there...
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    Re: Before and after signing, Carriker eager to go full-bore

    Quote Originally Posted by Nick View Post
    Hmmm, one might say that with Suleiman involved, it likely proved to be a very cut-throat negotiation, eh? Anyone?
    Aaaaaaaaand time. In a little over 8 hours, the winner for the first to crack the Samir the Slicer joke........Nick! And to the winner goes this autographed Suleiman edition set of Ginzu knives!!!!

    Well done, Nick, and thanks for all those playing at home.
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