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Turley still takes issue with Martz
By Jim Thomas
Of the Post-Dispatch
Thursday, Jan. 27 2005
Offensive tackle Kyle Turley continues to fire salvos at Rams coach Mike Martz.
Martz could not be reached for comment Thursday following Turley's latest shots
and has declined to comment on the subject since the end of the season.
Martz's last comments on Turley were made near the end of the regular season.
Martz said he thought the issue was resolved and that if Turley is healthy,
Martz wanted him to return next season.
Martz considered fining Turley for insubordination following their mid-December
blowup, but decided against it. At that time, team president John Shaw said he
considered the matter closed.
But Turley leveled blasts at Martz last week on ESPN radio, and Wednesday night
on the ESPN cable television network. Turley was asked in the TV interview
where he would rank Martz among the 32 NFL head coaches. Turley replied: "Ah,
man, are they going to have an expansion team? I put him down at 33."
Given the tone and content of Turley's recent remarks, it's difficult to
imagine him returning to the team, healthy or not. But because of salary cap
issues, the Rams wouldn't do anything until June 2 or later.
Turley still has four years left on the six-year contract renegotiation he
signed with the team when he was traded to St. Louis from New Orleans in March
If the Rams release Turley before June 2, they would be stuck with $7.29
million of dead money on this year's cap. Such a cap hit in '05 would make it
nearly impossible for the team to sign free agents.
However, if the team waited until June 2 or later to release Turley, only
one-fourth of that $7.29 million would count against the '05 cap - or about
$1.82 million. The rest of the amount, $5.47 million, would count against the
Trading Turley wouldn't help, because no matter when a trade is made, all
unamortized signing bonus money goes into that year's cap, so the entire $7.29
million would count against this year's cap.
Re: Turley still takes issue with Martz
After the ESPN stuff this week, I think I'm beginning to hop the fence to the other side. If we can get a shot at Jammal Brown in the draft, let's cut our losses. I don't like the idea of starting a rookie on this offensive line, but it can't be worse than Grant Williams, and there's no way Turley's going to see the field with his health and weight issues.
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