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    Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical
    By Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com

    Despite the fact Jason Sehorn missed all of training camp and the preseason, the St. Louis Rams, seeking late reinforcements for their secondary, apparently still feel the 10-year veteran can make a contribution to the injury depleted unit.

    Sehorn on Tuesday night agreed to rejoin the Rams, for whom he played in 2003, ESPN.com has learned, and he will sign a one-year contract on Wednesday if he passes the team physical exam. The deal includes a base salary of $760,000, the minimum for a player of Sehorn's NFL tenure.

    The former New York Giants star arrived in St. Louis on Tuesday evening, after several days of discussions with Rams officials.

    If he passes the physical -- not a sure thing, given that Sehorn missed the first six games of 2003 with a broken foot, an injury that troubled him throughout the season -- he will become the second veteran defensive back added by the Rams this week. On Sunday, St. Louis signed former San Francisco safety Zack Bronson.

    It is not yet clear how the Rams will use Sehorn. The team is thin at cornerback, where he played much of his career, but Sehorn was primarily used at safety in '03. There is some feeling the Rams might consider moving free safety Aeneas Williams back to the corner, the position at which he carved out a potential Hall of Fame career.

    Most teams, including the Rams, assumed during the offseason that Sehorn would retire. There was some interest from Carolina, which attempted to sign Sehorn last year, earlier in the spring, but he basically dropped off the free agent radar screen after that. Once St. Louis officials called, Sehorn took a few days to deliberate and to get his off-field affairs in order.

    Sehorn, 33, was one of the NFL's premier athletes in his prime. Originally chosen by the Giants in the second round of the 1994 draft, the former Southern Cal star played in New York until being released last spring for salary cap considerations.

    He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Rams and played in 10 games, with three starts, totaling 18 tackles and four passes defensed.

    In 10 seasons, Sehorn has appeared in 117 games and started in 76. He has 436 tackles, 19 interceptions and 86 passes defensed.

  • #2
    Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

    Sounds like their ready to put AW back at corner. But Sehorn again ?? I'd take my chances with the rookie Shivers !!!

    Maineram

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    • #3
      Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

      No practice. No speed. No help. Un believable.

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      • #4
        Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

        There is good news in Ram Town, Foghorn has passed his physical.

        Ah say, Ah Say, boy that any no chicken hawk, its a chicken. Now go get him...boy!

        MM - Real Man of Genius...Take 2.

        Interesting, I started a thread last year, in which I joked that MM was turning the Rams into the Old Redskins or Raiders where they signed all these old players to help the team. Only problem, the players that MM and Company are signing are ready for the boneyard.

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        • #5
          Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

          again I ask...

          What are the other options?? Do you not see it important to have depth?? The guy isn't starting for god sakes. Maybe Derrick "I have an attitude" Ross would have been better.

          At least the Sehorn knows the defense, can play 2 of the positions and has a nice looking wife.

          Man, some of you think we can work miracles when we loose someone because of injuries. This was not planned.

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          • #6
            Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

            You're right - I say we put Angie Harmon a FS. At least the receivers may trip if they look at Angie. They have a better chance of falling with Angie in the lineup than with her hubby.

            Having a trophy wife is a good reason to sign someone after all.

            ARF

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            • #7
              Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

              It is not yet clear how the Rams will use Sehorn.

              Huh?

              It's crystal clear how they will use him. They will use him at the worst possible moment, when the damage he can do is maximized....just like they did last year in the Carolina game.
              Clannie Nominee for ClanRam's Thickest Poster

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              • #8
                Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

                Last year for the Carolina game, he was the only one healthy enough to play. If Groce would have been healthy, he's in the game at that time not Sehorn.

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                • #9
                  Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

                  Originally posted by Yodude
                  Huh?

                  It's crystal clear how they will use him. They will use him at the worst possible moment, when the damage he can do is maximized ...
                  That I would call a thick post. A very thick post. Or did I mean sick?

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                  • #10
                    Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

                    Originally posted by RamWraith
                    What are the other options?? Do you not see it important to have depth?? The guy isn't starting for god sakes. Maybe Derrick "I have an attitude" Ross would have been better.
                    I would've rather had them keep Nijrell Eason.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

                      Is it just me, or does anyone think Sehorn my be on our team just so he can cause as much harm as possible? Remember the year before he first signed He and Martz had a little spat via the media, after we beat them? I think he's getting revenge!

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                      • #12
                        Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

                        I wonder why this trend is so common ... the Rams decide at the end of the training camp that the FAs they brought to training camp stunk afterall and decide to get someone else. In 2002, they go get Coady, in 2003 they think Seahorn is the ticket, and now Bronson is needed.

                        Forget the fact that they invested time and effort in working with Cromartie, Eason, Jolivette, Copeland, Williams, and Yates. Who is evaluating talent all during this time?

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                        • #13
                          Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

                          Fox sports reports that the deal is also contingent upon Angie Harmon agreeing to dawn a RAMS cheerleader outfit and greet fans as they enter the dome. :redface:
                          JUST WIN ONE FOR THE FANS
                          :ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram::ram:

                          "HIT HARD, HIT FAST, AND HIT OFTEN"
                          Adm. William "Bull" Halsey

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                          • #14
                            Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

                            Originally posted by Evil Disco Man
                            I would've rather had them keep Nijrell Eason.
                            Out of curiosity, why? What has Eason done exactly?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical

                              I only had the opportunity to see one Rams preseason game (vs. Redskins), so my perspective is a bit limited, but he stood out to me more than anyone else in the secondary when the scrubs were in. I wish I could review game tape to watch players individually and have a more complete analysis, but since I can't, I just watch the game once with my roster handy and eyes glued to the screen, looking for those players that stick out. Anyway, I remember Eason making a couple big plays (including a nice pass breakup and a smack-tacular hit if I remember correctly) and seeing him around the ball a few more times when the play went away from him, which to me shows good hustle. Those plays were more than enough to put him ahead of guys like Lucas and Shivers in my book. I may be going out on a limb here and my opinion might be tainted due to limited sources, but that's how I saw it.

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                                ST. LOUIS -- Safety Jason Sehorn failed his physical with the St. Louis Rams on Wednesday, nullifying the free-agent contract he signed the previous night.


                                Sehorn, 33, missed the first six games of last season after breaking his left foot early in training camp, and never really got up to full speed. He underwent an additional operation on the foot in February and missed all of the preseason, but the foot remains a problem.


                                He agreed to terms on a one-year contract on Tuesday. The Rams have been trying to load up at the safety position, also signing Zack Bronson earlier this week.


                                Team exams are generally very subjective in the NFL and it is believed that the Rams did not believe Sehorn had sufficiently healed from offseason surgery. His rehabilitation from the surgery, coupled with indecision about his football future, kept Sehorn out of camp this summer. That inactivity aside, the Rams believed Sehorn might still contribute to their injury-depleted secondary if he was healthy.


                                The two sides had agreed to a contract for the league minimum base salary of $760,000 pending the physical. The former New York Giant arrived in St. Louis on Tuesday evening after several days of discussions with Rams officials.


                                It was not yet clear how the Rams planned to use Sehorn. The team is thin at cornerback, where he played much of his career, but Sehorn was primarily used at safety in '03.


                                Most teams, including the Rams, assumed during the offseason that Sehorn would retire. There was some interest from Carolina, which attempted to sign Sehorn last year, earlier in the spring, but he basically dropped off the free agent radar screen after that.


                                Sehorn, 33, was one of the NFL's premier athletes in his prime. Originally chosen by the Giants in the second round of the 1994 draft, the former Southern California player was a Giant until being released last spring for salary cap considerations.


                                He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Rams and played in 10 games, with three starts, totaling 18 tackles and four passes defensed. In 10 seasons, Sehorn has appeared in 117 games and started 76. He has 436 tackles, 19 interceptions and 86 passes defensed.


                                Information from The Associated Press and ESPN.com senior NFL writer Len Pasquarelli was used in this report.
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