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    Rams bringing back Rolland Williams

    Rams bring back TE Williams
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    Wednesday, Mar. 09 2005

    After a four-year hiatus, tight end Roland Williams is headed back to St.
    Louis.

    Williams, a fourth-round draft pick by the Rams in 1998, signed a one-year deal
    Wednesday for the veteran’s minimum.

    Williams, 29, had been scheduled to leave Wednesday for Hawaii and the NFL
    Players Association annual meetings. But the Rams got him to delay his
    departure by one day.

    He was at Rams Park on Wednesday, passed his physical, and signed the contract.

    “Roland was a terrific point-of-attack tight end for us,” Rams coach Mike Martz
    said. “It gives us the flexibility now of taking Brandon (Manumaleuna) and
    being a lot more creative with him, too. It just makes us bigger and stronger
    in the running game.”

    Williams is 6-5 and 275 pounds, and takes pride in his run blocking. He started
    35 regular-season games for the Rams from 1998-2000.

    His best receiving season in St. Louis was the 1999 Super Bowl championship
    campaign, when he caught 25 passes for 226 yards and six touchdowns.

    Williams was traded to Oakland for a fourth-round draft pick in 2000, and spent
    three of the next four seasons with the Raiders.

    According to Martz, the addition of Williams means the Rams no longer have an
    interest in re-signing Cameron Cleeland, who’s an unrestricted free agent.

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    Re: Rams bringing back Rolland Williams

    Well, I guess he's better than Cleeland.

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    Well...

    I don't think this is a major upgrade move BUT it is a good sign if it is true that they want to concentrate more on the running game. But I'll believe that when I see it.

    Hope he's gotten all of the penalities out of his system.

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    Re: Rams bringing back Rolland Williams

    This signing is to bolster the goal-line running game. Cleeland was a receiver, Roland is a blocker.
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    Re: Rams bringing back Rolland Williams

    I agree, he is an upgrade as a blocker, and probably a little quicker than the Big Man, Manu.

    However, I think this is a great addition to this teams continuity and energy. Roland Williams was an emotional leader on the sidelines during '99, and I expect him to do the same going forward.

    Somedays it feels like there needs to be someone on the Rams sidelines doing a little barking and getting guys pumped up.

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    Re: Rams bringing back Rolland Williams

    I really like this signing. He's good near the red zone, he had 6 touchdowns in 1999 for us.

    He's also a good special teams player! That's something we desperately need.

    He's also an extremely nice guy, a good interview, and as was said before, an emotional leader. And for the veteran's minimum how could you complain?

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    Re: Rams bringing back Rolland Williams

    Totally with you, ZigZag.

    As a Ram, I liked Roland Williams very much and was disappointed he was gone after a couple of years with us. I think he is both a blocker AND receiver, perhaps not spectacular 'a la Tony Gonzales' but consistent / decent in his passing plays.

    Glad he's back!

    His best receiving season in St. Louis was the 1999 Super Bowl championship campaign, when he caught 25 passes for 226 yards and six touchdowns.
    Cleeland, thanks for your contributions. Will always keep that terrific TD Vs. Seattle in 04!

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    Re: Rams bringing back Rolland Williams

    Can we expect a 15 yard penalty from him every game??? Such a hot head when he was last here

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