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    Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    Rams sign Draft to a contract
    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    03/20/2007



    After visiting the Rams late last week, free-agent linebacker Chris Draft left St. Louis without a contract. He has one now. Draft became the team's latest offseason addition agreeing to terms on a three-year contract early Monday evening.

    At worst, Draft will back up all three linebacker positions in St. Louis. He could eventually challenge strongside linebacker Brandon Chillar for a starting job as well. Draft, 31, has started 71 games over nine NFL seasons. Last season in Carolina, he started 16 games-- the last 14 came in place of the injured Dan Morgan at middle linebacker. Draft registered 111 tackles, the second-highest total of his career, and recorded a career high 5 1/2 sacks.


    The Rams also agreed to terms with cornerback Mike Rumph on a one-year deal. A first-round draft pick by San Francisco in 2002, Rumph has started 19 NFL games. He spent most of last season with Washington after spending his four years with the *****. Rumph, who has good size at 6'2", 205 lbs., will compete for the fourth cornerback spot in St. Louis.


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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    didnt Steven Jackson break Rumph's arm when Rumph tried to tackle him?

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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    Mike Rumph is awful according to the ***** fans, but Draft was great last season wasn't he?

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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    I love the Draft signing. This was a guy I wanted us to go after since before free agency. He at worst adds depth across the board at LB but should push Chillar for the starting SAM linebacker job (which the article confirms). I've never been very impressed with Rumph, but as a potential dime corner I can't really complain.
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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    Rumph may make the team, but he has not been very good and if the CB straved Redskins let him walk that should tell you something.

    Draft is a great signing he should start at SLB over Chillar. Draft brings tackles and attitude to a defense that is desperate for both those things.

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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    VERY nice signings!

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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    Draft -- okay. Rumph -- we'll see in camp. Welcome both and Best Wishes! :r

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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    What does the signing of Draft due to the chances of Dexter C returning?

    I keep reading that the Rams are interested in brining him back, but do you think with this signing the chances of that got slimmer?
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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    You're probably right on that, Revel. It may be that Coakley's time has come to be replaced by an incoming Draft, albeit not a young LB.

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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    Real, and we also have Jon Alston in the wings, he might not be a great fit size wise but if i'm not mistaken the boy can ball, so it would be nice to get him on the field.
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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    I like the Draft signing. We've been bitten by the injury bug too many times the last few years and he has the versatility to be a more than capable back up for all three LB positions as well as a potential starter on the strong side. Not much to complain about there. Rumph?? Maybe he can surprise us but I'm not holding my breath.

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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    Awesome!!!

    I was hopeing we got this guy. Anybody but Chillar. True there is not alot of tred on the tire but should be an upgrade.

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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    I don't think they should let football players be named draft. It is far too confusing.
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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    Given Draft's experience at MLB, I wonder if this opens up a greater possibility for 3-4 sets, with Witherspoon and Draft playing on the inside.

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    Re: Rams sign Draft and Rumph--OFFICAL

    Quote Originally Posted by AvengerRam View Post
    Given Draft's experience at MLB, I wonder if this opens up a greater possibility for 3-4 sets, with Witherspoon and Draft playing on the inside.
    Do you think they will keep spoon in the middle like they have been saying?
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