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    The following was posted by Randy Karraker at the herd board:

    Marshall's agent, Rocky Arceneault, has been telling people all off-season that he isn't sure Faulk wants to play beyond 2004, anyway.
    Howard Balzer reported that Faulk would like to end his career as a slot receiver in San Diego. When he asked why not do that in St. Louis, he was told that Faulk knows Martz doesn't have the restraint to limit his touches. See an injured Faulk at the end of 2002, when he should have been on IR.

    Marshall has told several people that the knee isn't responding, but he'll see how it goes in camp.

    After the 2000 season, Faulk could have had a rather serious surgery to combat what doctors said was a degenerative condition. The alternative would allow Faulk to get active (on the golf course?) sooner, but his career would end earlier. He opted for the less serious surgery.

    If indeed Marshall can't play in 2004, the team would most likely have to IR him for a couple of years, like the Broncos had to do with Terrell Davis, so that his bonus wouldn't accelerate into a single year of the cap until Warner is off the books after 2005.

    Now, the hit from Faulk's bonus would be about $8.2 million. After 2004, about 6.2, and after 2005, about $4.8. Unfortunately, the Warner hit this year is about $5.5, in that vicinity, and next year it's $6.7. Having almost $13.9 million in dead money on the books in 2005 doesn't seem that appealing.

    All this being said, all we reported is that there's no guarantee Faulk will be able to go the way he has in the past anymore, but we added that if anyone can play through this, it's Faulk

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  • RamWraith
    Faulk still hasn't decided if he'll be back
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas
    Saturday, Jan. 28 2006

    Rams coach Scott Linehan is on record as saying he wants running back Marshall
    Faulk back in 2006. But Faulk told reporters in New Orleans this past week that
    he's still thinking it over.

    "I'm still a Ram; I'm still under contract," Faulk told the New Orleans
    Times-Picayune. "We'll see. It's hard to say. I haven't made any decision yet.

    "When I play isn't a question. It's if I play. I'm going to play with St. Louis
    if I play."

    Faulk still has three years remaining on a four-year contract extension he
    signed last February. If he retired, was released, or was traded, the Rams
    would absorb a cap hit of about $4.1 million in 2006.

    Faulk returned to his hometown of New Orleans to participate in a variety of
    events to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. He presented a check for $70,000 to
    the Desire Street Ministries on Wednesday on behalf of the Marshall Faulk

    Faulk grew up in the Desire housing projects. He visited several places where
    he grew up and spent time in New Orleans, taking several pictures at his old
    high school, Carver High.

    He also participated in a food drop for the needy Tuesday, along with Feed the
    Children and the NFL Players Association.
    -01-29-2006, 05:36 AM
  • RamWraith
    Faulk's Finest Hour
    by RamWraith
    Wednesday, December 19, 2007

    By Nick Wagoner
    Senior Writer

    Stuck in a dire situation, Marshall Faulk found himself in a form of football purgatory in 1998. After five years in Indianapolis, Faulk had reached his breaking point.

    All of the struggles, all of the mistakes and most of all, all of the losses had finally caused Faulk to go to management and seek something better. Faulk didn’t ask much; it wasn’t about the money. He could have had plenty of that from the Colts.

    What Faulk wanted was a chance to win. So when he received word on April 15, 1999, that he was being sent to the Rams for a second and fifth round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft, Faulk was less than thrilled.

    “My thoughts when I first came to St. Louis weren’t good,” Faulk said. “I felt like I was in a bad situation and the situation in St. Louis wasn’t any better.”

    Considering that in his five seasons in the league, the Rams had won 26 games or six less than the Colts in that same time frame. Of course, Indianapolis had gone 3-13 the two previous seasons and appeared headed nowhere.

    But that didn’t mean Faulk was thrilled with his new home in St. Louis. As Faulk watches his No. 28 jersey raised to the rafters Thursday night, never to be worn by a Ram again, it’s hard not to imagine how he went from unhappy all-star to man of honor.


    Entering the 1999 offseason, the Rams were faced with the task of overhauling a boring offense that scored so little that the scorekeeper at the Edward Jones Dome felt like the Maytag repairman.

    To that end, the Rams aggressively pursued help on the line and at the skill positions. They signed Trent Green to play quarterback and Adam Timmerman at guard. They drafted young receiver Torry Holt out of North Carolina State and hired a young offensive-minded coordinator in the form of Mike Martz.

    While those moves were a step in the right direction, none had the cache that would really draw the attention of landing a Pro Bowl running back such as Faulk. In the days leading to the draft, the Rams finally settled on a deal and Faulk became a Ram.

    With Faulk in the fold, it appeared the Rams had the foundation for an explosive offensive but it remained to be seen how the pieces would come together. Of course, it would have been impossible for those pieces to fit if Faulk never entered the fray.

    Faulk got to St. Louis without a new contract in hand and wasn’t even sure he wanted to be here. After careful consideration, Faulk decided to give the Rams a shot before he made a decision.

    “I took my time and I thought about it and I think the best thing that I did was I decided to go to minicamp and I got a chance to be around the likes of Isaac Bruce, Trent Green, etc,” Faulk said. “I got an opportunity to see that this team was...
    -12-19-2007, 04:44 PM
  • RamWraith
    Those rumors about Marshall Faulk retiring this summer?
    by RamWraith
    Of the Post-Dispatch

    MACOMB, Ill. -- Those rumors about Marshall Faulk retiring this summer?

    "I heard about it," Faulk said Thursday. "And it was news to me. Hopefully that answers the question."

    In other words: No.

    Faulk plans on playing in 2004. Why else would he show up for his 11th NFL training camp?

    But in his first comments on the topic, Faulk indicated broadly that retirement could be a possibility after this season.

    "This is probably the first year that I've thought, 'Man. If the body isn't acting right, what do I do?' " Faulk said. "Do I fight through it? Or do I not play?

    "That's something that I'm going to have to evaluate at the end of the season, similar to what (Aeneas Williams) does."

    Other than that, Faulk couldn't provide any sure answers on his right knee, which underwent clean-up surgery during the offseason. Or his future.

    How's the knee?

    "I don't know," Faulk said. "I practiced (Wednesday). I looked at film, and it looked pretty good. Of course, I'm critical about a lot of things that I do. But I felt pretty good about what I did (Wednesday) and how my body responded."

    Faulk said he can understand the questions about his knee, the possibility of retirement, or concerns about his productivity. He's anxious to find out himself.

    "Those are good questions," he told reporters. "It's things people should ask. Those are the things that are going to be answered this year. I feel up to the challenge. And we'll find out. As the season goes on, you guys will find out also."
    -07-29-2004, 02:34 PM
  • Nick
    Bernie: Faulk may have more surgery and go on IR
    by Nick
    Faulk might spend season doing TV job
    By Bernie Miklasz

    More mixed signals on Marshall Faulk's future.

    Will he retire?

    We wouldn't think so, based on Faulk's most recent statement. On, Faulk was quoted as saying "I'm playing" by longtime confidant Mike Silver, the Sports Illustrated football writer.

    But that doesn't mean Faulk will suit up for the Rams in 2006.

    Faulk is 33 and has bad knees that aren't getting better.

    A source in the Rams front office tells me there's a good possibility Faulk will have another round of knee surgery in the near future.

    And if Faulk has the surgery, the Rams would most likely place him on injured reserve for the 2006 season - meaning that he'd sit out the year, with full pay.

    This would be a nice arrangement for Faulk. Faulk's agent, Rocky Arceneaux, has lined up a television job for Faulk. Faulk would be reunited with his former head coach, Dick Vermeil, as an analyst for the NFL Network. And that comes directly from Vermeil, who told Randy Karraker of KSLG (1380 AM) that he'd be working with Faulk in the NFL Network studios.

    So if Faulk has the surgery and goes on IR, he'd benefit in three ways: He'll receive his full salary from the Rams; he'd be free to work in television; and he'd have the option for returning to the field in 2007. After taking a year off to let the knees rest and heal, perhaps Faulk will feel like giving football another try.
    -06-24-2006, 06:01 AM
  • Nick
    More from Hadley (Re: Faulk)
    by Nick
    Friday, July 9

    04:11:37 CDT


    Updating storylines I discussed on KTRS this week.

    MARSHALL FAULK: My sources are indicating that Marshall Faulk remains an enigma for the 2004 season with training camp on the horizon.

    The level of anxiety differs with sources; however, the common dominator has each individual, unwilling to guarantee Faulk is ready for action.

    As one source said, "There are reasons to believe that Faulk won't play this season but I expect to see him run through tunnel at The Ed (Edward Jones Dome) on the 12th (opening day, 9/12/04)."

    Faulk has indicated to mutual acquaintances that he remains concerned whether his knee will be 100% for training camp and there is a chance that he will not play in 2004.

    "I won't mislead you, there is an incertitude permeating through the front office into the coaches offices about the situation. You will not get anybody to confirm on the record, unless they have a position waiting with another organization. Write it if you want but he ready for the wrath of Coach (Mike Martz) and number 28 (Marshall Faulk)," were the words of another source.

    Based on various conversations the consensus is that Faulk will play in 2004 however his role will be lessened (likely more than advertised).

    A third source said, "I would say it's fair to question whether Marshall will be ready but never underestimate his toughness, mentally, or physically. I will say this; we need Steve Jackson and Lamar Gordon to be ready. Gordon is the real question. I have the utmost confidence that Jackson can fill the bill but if Marshall can't go, Gordon must elevate his game supporting Jackson for this offense to operate properly.

    Faulk has managed, in the past, to rise to the elite level after rehabbing injuries, his badge of competitiveness is worn well, and there is ample reason to believe he can do it again.

    Please read this carefully, I'm not communicating that Faulk won't play this season. I'm simply reporting that it's a possibility. Additionally, I'm communicating, if he does play his role could be even more limited than discussed in most circles. The news value is simple... Faulk donning the Rams uniform isn't "a given."

    Let me repeat, so that the information isn't misrepresented, mangled or altered by those on forum boards or airwaves... I'm not writing the final chapter of Faulk's career. I'm simply conveying the fact Faulk isn't near 100% nor ready to rock 'n roll.

    Simply stated, the pulse of uncertainty regarding Faulk's future is beating rapidly (at Rams Park). There is a chance he might not play; best-case scenario passed along by sources has his role more...
    -07-10-2004, 03:13 AM