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    Rams Notes: Team talking with Jackson

    By Bill Coats
    Friday, Jul. 25 2008

    MEQUON, Wis. — Among the four players not accompanying the Rams on their
    charter flight here was running back Steven Jackson. That development raised
    some eyebrows, because Jackson is entering the final season of his original
    four-year contract and is seeking an extension.

    Coach Scott Linehan explained that Jackson was given permission to travel
    independently, as were fellow veterans Anthony Becht and Dante Hall.

    Plus, Linehan reported, talks have begun with Jackson's recently hired agent,
    Eugene Parker, on a new deal. In fact, a team official confirmed that the two
    sides were in discussions late Thursday night.

    "That has been a priority," Linehan said. "I know within the last couple of
    days there has been dialogue. Our hope is that will be done pretty soon."


    The other player who didn't board the plane in St. Louis was rookie wide
    receiver Donnie Avery, the team's second-round draft choice. Avery had not come
    to terms on a contract, the only one of the Rams' eight draftees still unsigned.

    Avery officially would be considered a holdout at 9:15 a.m. today, when the
    first mandatory meeting is scheduled. Linehan said he was confident that Avery
    would be on hand.

    "We anticipate him soon," Linehan said. "He's a young player and he needs to be
    in camp. We talked about it (Thursday), and he knows that."

    Avery, a 5-foot-11, 184-pound speedster from the University of Houston, was the
    first selection in the second round, No. 33 overall. He was impressive during
    the spring and should compete for a spot among the team's top four wideouts.


    Contrary to reports elsewhere, tackle Orlando Pace has not been placed on the
    physically-unable-to-perform list. Pace, recovering from a shoulder injury
    suffered in last year's season-opener, will be limited for the first part of
    camp but remains on the 80-man roster.

    Defensive tackle Adam Carriker, also recovering from shoulder surgery, expects
    to be cleared soon — possibly even today — for full contact. "They're just
    going to monitor me and see how it feels, see how it reacts," he said. "But it
    should be fine."


    One practice is planned for today, a 1-hour, 55-minute session beginning at
    4:20 p.m. The first two-a-day schedule is Saturday, with 90-minute workouts at
    8:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. … All practices are free and open to the public. Parking
    on campus costs $5. … For camp updates, call 314-516-8852 or check
    The official site of the St. Louis Rams - Home Page. … Today's weather report for Mequon: a high of 83 degrees
    with a 30 percent chance of rain.

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    Re: Rams Notes: Team talking with Jackson

    That would be great if they could get something done before camp really gets going with Jackson...hes the key, must get this guy resigned..

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