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    Rams Spend $60,000 in Bonuses on Five Undrafted Players

    Monday, May 20, 2013
    By: Howard Balzer

    With numerous roster spots to fill after the draft to reach the offseason limit of 90 players, the Rams got very busy signing undrafted free agents.

    The most recent addition of Lindenwood wide receiver Andrew Helmick brought to 29 the number of undrafted players the Rams have signed. The Rams currently have 88 players on the roster, including their seven draft choices.

    Of the 29 undrafted players, the Rams spent $75,600 in signing bonuses, with $60,000 of that going to five players. Tackle Braden Brown and safety Cody Davis each received $15,000 bonuses, while running back Benny Cunningham, and linebackers Phillip Steward and Jonathan Stewart each were paid $10,000.

    Seventeen players signed did not receive a signing bonus. Following is the bonus allocation for each player.

    T Braden Brown $15,000
    S Cody Davis 15,000
    RB Benny Cunningham 10,000
    LB Phillip Steward 10,000
    LB Jonathan Stewart 10,000
    FB Eric Stevens 5,000
    WR C.J. Akins 2,000
    DE Gerald Rivers 2,000
    CB Darren Woodard 2,000
    TE Philip Lutzenkirchen 3,100
    S Cannon Smith 1,000
    CB Robert Steeples 500

    NO BONUS

    LB RayRay Armstrong
    K Brett Baer
    LB Daren Bates
    WR Emory Blake
    WR Andrew Helmick
    T Sean Hooey
    LS Jorgen Hus The Rams at least could have given him a sandwich & a 6-pack
    for his entertaining video of trick snaps ..

    QB Tim Jenkins
    LB Joseph LeBeau
    G Kenny Saia
    DT Garrett Goebel
    DT Al Lapuaho
    CB Andre Martin
    WR Scott Pillar
    CB Drew Thomas
    S Don Unamba
    DE R.J. Washington


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    Re: Rams Spend $60,000 in Bonuses on Five Undrafted Players

    Interesting no bonus for Ray Ray - thought they liked him.

    Maybe seein' how bad he wants it, based on his previous problems.
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    So the guys who didn't get a bonus, never got a penny from the rams and have to make the final cuts to get paid?

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    Re: Rams Spend $60,000 in Bonuses on Five Undrafted Players

    maybe they think they can get some to work harder this way?

    don't see why a guy like Hus wouldn't get a bonus, c'mon, a LS that can go tackle people...nyeh...

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    Re: Rams Spend $60,000 in Bonuses on Five Undrafted Players

    Quote Originally Posted by Fastcat View Post
    So the guys who didn't get a bonus, never got a penny from the rams and have to make the final cuts to get paid?
    No - they most likely get paid the rookie minimum per week. I think it was around 4 grand a week last year. UDFA bonuses in essence allow NFL teams the opportunity to slightly outbid others if they particularly want a player. Actually now that I think about it, the 4 grand was (I think) for practice squad players, but the UDFA's do get paid, as long as they are with the team.

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    Re: Rams Spend $60,000 in Bonuses on Five Undrafted Players

    Cody Davis -- I like this Safety from TX Tech and I really hope he makes the team.


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