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    4th-round pick signs with Rams for 3-year deal

    Brandon Chillar, the Rams' fourth-round draft choice from UCLA, has signed a three-year contract and will be ready to go when training camp opens July 27 in Macomb, Ill.

    The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Chillar was an All-Pacific 10 Conference linebacker. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

    Chillar, 21, was in town for the Rams' rookie minicamp, but the NFL bars rookies from further participation until their senior class graduates. Because UCLA is on a quarter system, its spring semester concluded in mid-June. So, Chillar was absent from the three-day session in May.

    "That was hard on me, having to sit that out," Chillar said, "but it's made me even more excited to get to (training) camp."

    Running back Steven Jackson of Oregon State, the team's top pick, also missed the full-squad camp, for the same reason. He is unsigned, as are defensive end Anthony Hargrove (third round), quarterback Jeff Smoker (sixth round) and tight end Erik Jensen (seventh round).

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    Re: Rams sign Chillar to 3-year deal

    Smoker will be next to sign probally


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      Erik Jensen has signed a three-year contract with the St. Louis Rams, the team announced Friday. Terms of the deal were not announced.

      Jensen, a 6-foot-2, 255-pound tight end from the University of Iowa, wass the first of the Rams' two seventh-round selections (237th overall) in the 2004 NFL Draft.

      As a senior, Jensen started 12 games for the Hawkeyes, setting career highs in receptions (12) and receiving yards (182) with one touchdown. Jensen caught 24 passes for 282 yards and three touchdowns in his career.

      Jensen is the fourth player of the Rams' 2004 draft class to sign, joining safety Jason Shivers (fifth round selection), center Larry Turner (seventh round) and linebacker Brandon Chillar (fourth round).

      With Jensen's signing, the Rams have three more picks left unsigned as they get ready to open training camp next Tuesday at Western Illinois University in Macomb. Those remaining unsigned include the team's No. 1 pick, running back Steven Jackson, defensive end Tony Hargrove and quarterback Jeff Smoker.
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    • RamWraith
      Sander gets booted; team keeps Chillar
      by RamWraith
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      The deadline came and went Friday without linebacker Brandon Chillar getting an
      offer from another team as a restricted free agent. That means the Rams have
      exclusive rights to Chillar, who is expected to sign his one-year $850,000
      tender offer from the team soon. Chillar has been a regular at the Rams'
      offseason conditioning workouts.


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    • RamWraith
      Rookie LB Chillar makes bid for starting role
      by RamWraith
      Associated Press
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      Brandon Chillar is proof that you can take the Rams out of California, but you
      can't take the Golden State out of the defending NFC West champs.

      As a rookie, Chillar has shined in St. Louis' preseason, rising to the top
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      of a starting, California-born linebacking corps of friends and former foes.

      The 6-foot-2, 235-pound Chillar, who'll get his second straight start of the
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      2002 first-round pick Robert Thomas, the Rams' middle linebacker.

      And his time with starting outside linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa -- the Rams'
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      "The thing that's very noticeable about him is his ability to pick up what
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      Beyond that, Martz said "the quickness and the speed is very evident" from
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      In a 28-3 preseason victory Friday over Washington, Chillar had two solo
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      The Rams expected big things out of Chillar when they drafted in April in
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      games, including 35 starts. His 133 tackles as a senior were the most for a
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    • RamWraith
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    • RamsInfiniti
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      by RamsInfiniti
      I have read many on this board downplay the loss of Brandon Chillar, and some indicating he is not even starting in Green Bay. My girlfriend and her family are big time Packer's fans, so I watched the game last night, and let me tell you, Chillar will be the starter now ...

      He was all over the field, playing with more energy than any of our linebackers. He racked up 9 tackles last night, including several that prevented huge gains. He pushed through blockers and forced a fumble. Add this to FOUR special teams tackles in the first two games, and what do you have?


      Chillar is more athletic and crafty than Culberson, who has done nothing to impress me. I just don't get it. It wouldn't have cost too much to sign this guy, and we let him go. A young, growing player working into his prime, and we let him go, for an unproven commodity like Culberson ...

      Tell me now? How does this Linebacker corp look?

      Witherspoon, Pisa, Chillar, Culberson, Draft ...

      Yea, I thought so .....
      -09-22-2008, 11:23 AM