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    Brown gets starter money !!

    Rams add cornerback from Saints
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    Tuesday, Mar. 14 2006

    In a move that adds depth - and perhaps a starter - to the secondary, the Rams
    signed free-agent cornerback Fakhir Brown to a five-year year contract Tuesday.

    Brown, 28, has spent his past four seasons with New Orleans, playing for
    current Rams defensive coordinator Jim Haslett. At 5-11, 192 pounds, Brown
    brings good size to the position. He's considered a good tackler and has some
    playmaking instincts.

    "He's a physical corner," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "He matches up well in
    our division. We've got big receivers we've got to contend with at Arizona. ...
    You like to have those bigger corners that have long arms that are physical at
    the line of scrimmage and will be able to match up against those guys."

    In 2004, Brown started the last 10 games of the season at cornerback for the
    Saints and finished the season with two interceptions, three forced fumbles and
    two fumble recoveries, as well as a career-high 65 tackles.

    Looking for a new contract, Brown held out the following spring, missing three
    weeks of voluntary light practices known as OTAs (organized team activities).
    He didn't get the contract, and returned for minicamp and training camp.

    Brown opened the 2005 season as a starter but suffered a knee injury in
    practice, forcing him to sit out the next four games. During a walk-through, he
    was running a blitz when he collided with Saints defensive end Darren Howard.
    The injury did not require surgery.

    "It was a fluke deal," Linehan said. "It wasn't anything that's a concern for
    us now; it was just a bad-luck injury."

    After Brown recovered from the injury, a driving under the influence charge
    delayed his return to the starting lineup. And his replacement, Fred Thomas,
    was playing well. Brown ended up starting four games in '05, finishing with 31
    tackles and six pass breakups, playing in the nickel back role when not
    starting.

    The Rams have a lot of question marks at cornerback, where Jerametrius Butler
    missed the entire '05 season with a knee injury suffered in training camp, and
    Travis Fisher was slowed much of the year with a groin injury that placed him
    on the injured reserve list Dec. 14. DeJuan Groce is a restricted free agent.
    The Rams also have second-year man Ron Bartell, who may play cornerback again
    or get shifted to safety.

    Linehan said Brown will get every opportunity to compete for a starting job at
    cornerback.

    "No question," Linehan said. "I think he's right in the mix, right away. His
    only issue last year was he got hurt in practice."

    That's more than just lip service from Linehan, because even in this age of
    free spending, the Rams aren't paying him the kind of money given to
    benchwarmers. Brown's contract is worth $12 million, including a $2.5 million
    signing bonus.


    With the Rams' salary cap pool dwindling, the team now has some choices to make
    about using the rest of ther money.

    In Buffalo, defensive tackle Ryan Pickett will wrap up his visit today and will
    meet with Bills officials to try to agree on a contract. The Rams have had a
    five-year, $16 million offer on the table for some time for Pickett.

    But there are other options. After trading for Minnesota quarterback Daunte
    Culpepper, Miami has released its starting quarterback from last year, Gus
    Frerotte. The Rams and Denver are believed to be his top choices, even though
    he would be a backup in both spots.

    Frerotte, 34, played for Linehan in Minnesota in 2003 and '04. Even though
    Frerotte has a home in Denver and spends time there in the offseason, he turned
    down a contract offer from the Broncos before the '05 season to follow Linehan
    to Miami.

    Also, the Rams have talked to Carolina punter Jason Baker about the possibility
    of paying a free-agent visit to St. Louis. Baker led the NFC in net punting
    average last season (38.9 yards) and is the top remaining punter in what's
    considered a lean year in free agency at the position. Baker has a visit
    tentatively scheduled for Baltimore and has drawn interest from Seattle as well.

    Meanwhile, Jamie Martin - the Rams' backup quarterback last season - spent
    Tuesday in Cincinnati paying a free-agent visit to the Bengals.

    Rams donate equipment

    The Rams are upgrading their weight room equipment and on Tuesday donated their
    old equipment to Vashon and Beaumont high schools in the Public High League.
    "Obviously, budgets are tight in schools and it's hard to get your hands on
    equipment like this," Linehan said.


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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    Oh man this can't be true. He hasn't been that GOOD he has been a little solid but what the heck is this. We could have signed another solid F/A. Not now.

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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    I think we can rule out us getting anymore big free agents,our second wave seems to be made up of a punter a backup QB and Fakhir Brown,I would have rather spent the money on Ivy than get that Fakhir

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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    We pulled a Snyder...

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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    Quote Originally Posted by Milan
    We pulled a Snyder...
    Guys, $12 mil over 5 years isn't that much. In this day and age, that's about what a border starter/depth guy would make. His cap hit is probably around $1-1.5 mil.

    Now, paying Arch $30 mil over 5 years.....that's a Snyder.
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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    How can anyone say that this is starter money? Its not even close to starter money. Its perfectly appropriate for a #3 guy and a special teams player. I have no problem with the cap number. Please keep in mind that the cap went up 20% this year and will continue to go up in the future.

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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    That's not really starter money. If he were a Blue Chip CB at that age, he'd get twice that much.

    I think its a decent pickup. A guy who the Rams can plug in if needed, but is more likely to be a valuable nickel/dime back and special teams player.

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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    I think the big picture is, if we sign Pickett thats about it for FA, which would be a job well done. If Pickett moves on we will look at QB and P. We are still holding cash for Pickett I wish he would make his move, one way or another.

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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    "He's a physical corner," Rams coach Scott Linehan said. "He matches up well in
    our division. We've got big receivers we've got to contend with at Arizona. ...
    You like to have those bigger corners that have long arms that are physical at
    the line of scrimmage and will be able to match up against those guys."
    Works for me; if this guy can play then start him. He'll probably be better than Fisher.

    The Rams also have second-year man Ron Bartell, who may play cornerback again
    or get shifted to safety.
    Please don't start the shifting of positions. We already went through that during the last regime. Let the kid play corner so he can become more proficient.
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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    While several sportswriters have suggested that Bartell could be a candidate for the FS job, I've never heard/read any coach make that suggestion. He certainly has the size for the FS position, but that doesn't mean he'll necessarily switch.

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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    Looks like Demps got the same amount of money from the giants as Fakhir did from the Rams...

    Giants add safety Demps to rebuilt secondaryBy Len Pasquarelli
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    Continuing their offseason emphasis on adding both quality and quantity to the secondary, the New York Giants have reached contract agreement with unrestricted free agent safety Will Demps, a four-year veteran who had played his entire career with the Baltimore Ravens.

    Will Demps
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    2005 SEASON STATISTICS
    Tot Ast Solo FF Sack Int
    50 46 4 0 0 0


    Demps will sign a five-year contract believed to be worth $10 million-$12 million.

    He becomes the sixth defensive back, and second starter, added by the Giants in less than a week.

    Assuming he is healthy, following a knee injury that sidelined him for the final month of the 2005 season, Demps will start at free safety and team with strong safety Gibril Wilson to give the Giants one of the best young interior secondary tandems in the league. The other new starter acquired in free agency is nine-year veteran cornerback Sam Madison, a four-time Pro Bowl performer.

    New York also has added cornerbacks R.W. McQuarters, Jason Bell and Brandon Williams, and safety Quentin Harris in the past week. Last year, general manager Ernie Accorsi concentrated on improving the depth of his team's offensive line, and the approach paid huge dividends as the Giants won the NFC East crown. This offseason, Accorsi clearly targeted the secondary as an area that required an upgrade.

    The Giants on Tuesday lost former first-round safety Shaun Williams, who no longer figured into their plans, in free agency, as he signed with Carolina. Starting cornerback Will Allen is expected to leave in free agency and the future of the Giants' other starting corner, Will Peterson, remains uncertain because of a back injury.

    Overshadowed in the Ravens' secondary by fellow safety Ed Reed for much of his Baltimore tenure, Demps is an excellent player in his own right, and probably would have been more highly touted in the free agent market were it not for the partially torn left anterior cruciate ligament he suffered in the second half of the 2005 season. Demps missed the final five games of the year, but still finished with 70 tackles, three passes defensed and two fumble recoveries.

    A former undrafted free agent from San Diego State, where he also began his career as a walk-on, Demps worked his way into the Ravens' lineup as a rookie. He is a solid competitor with good range and football awareness. In 57 appearances, 46 of them as a starter, Demps has registered 239 tackles, four interceptions, four forced fumbles and four recoveries. The prognosis is that Demps will begin running sometime in May and should be fully rehabilitated by the start of training camp.

    The Giants also re-signed veteran offensive tackle Bob Whitfield, a key backup for them in 2005, and No. 2 quarterback Tim Hasselbeck.

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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    I would have rather had Demps over Brown anyways.

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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    12.5 million over 5 years is far from starter money. starter money is what was given to brian williams (36mill/6 years). I believe this was a solid pickup, Brown played well in 2004 and was the starter going into 2005 until he got hurt. I think Brown will end up winning the nickelback job in training camp.

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    I wish somebody would donate an NFL weight room to my high school... heck, even my college! That has got to be the coolest part of this article... those kids are going to have one of the nation's best high school weight rooms for years to come!

    Oh yeah and I sure hope this Brown guy pans out... we need some good DBs, especially CBs... I guess we have alot of young talent with Bartell and Ivy, but Fisher, Groce, and Butler all seem kind of washed up and hurt.

    -OPIMH

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    Re: Brown gets starter money !!

    demps is a safety. brown is a corner. Its apples to oranges guys. safeties make less than corners. For those of you that wanted demps, i hope that they are not the same people saying that OJ should get a shot to play.

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