Rams Agree to Terms with Wade
Wednesday, June 27, 2007

By Nick Wagoner
Senior Writer

Jonathan Wade is the fastest member of the Rams' 2007 draft class and an instant contender to be the fastest Ram on the roster. So, it comes as no surprise that he wasted little to no time to come to terms on a contract that will have him in a Rams uniform quickly.

Wade agreed to terms with the Rams on a three-year deal Thursday as he becomes the second member of the team's draft class to officially become a Ram.

The Rams selected Wade in the third round of this year's NFL Draft, No. 84 overall out of the University of Tennessee. Wade was second team all Southeastern Conference as a senior for the Volunteers when he put up 52 tackles with four interceptions.

Wade was known as a physical talent with blazing speed, but still has work to do in learning the cornerback position. Wade started his collegiate career as a wide receiver but switched to defensive back in 2004. In 37 games on defense, Wade posted 110 tackles and six interceptions.

For the Rams, Wade has a little bit of a learning curve before he can contribute, but he should be in position to compete for the fourth cornerback job behind Fakhir Brown,Tye Hill and Ron Bartell.

Wade said at the team's minicamp that he understands he needs to learn as fast as possible because there are no breaks in the NFL.

"Everyone is here because they were blessed enough to be skilled at their position," Wade said. "No one is average here. Everyone is very good at their craft. You have to perform every single snap. That play that you want to take off in college or that snap in practice, that is not going to happen, especially not at camp because if you do and you continue to you will be sent home."

Wade follows the lead of seventh-round draft pick Derek Stanley, a wide receiver who agreed to a three-year deal earlier this week.