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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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  • Nick
    Sehorn Deal contingent on passing physical
    by Nick
    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.
    -09-07-2004, 11:47 PM
  • RamWraith
    Wohlabaugh's stint with Rams over
    by RamWraith
    By Jim Thomas
    Of the Post-Dispatch
    08/19/2004
    MACOMB, Ill. - Because of continuing hip problems, center Dave Wohlabaugh's tenure with the Rams has come to a premature end. And perhaps his National Football League career is over, as well.

    The Rams terminated the contract of Wohlabaugh on Wednesday. Because Wohlabaugh couldn't pass a physical more than five months after hip surgery, the Rams don't have to make an injury settlement.

    However, since Wohlabaugh underwent club-authorized surgery in the offseason, he gets a $250,000 injury-protection benefit. The Rams make the payment, but it doesn't count against their salary cap.


    They have no further financial obligation to Wohlabaugh, who signed a four-year, $6 million free-agent contract with the club on February 28, 2003. The deal included a $2 million signing bonus.

    The Rams must count $500,000 of that signing bonus against this year's salary cap, and $1 million against their '05 cap. But they save the $660,000 in base salary Wohlabaugh was scheduled to earn this season, creating more cap room for the team this year.

    Wohlabaugh had not practiced since having surgery for a torn labrum muscle in his right hip March 5. After he visited doctors in St. Louis and Ohio last week for further evaluation, it was determined that he would be sidelined for at least three more months. Even at that, there was only a 50-50 chance that the hip would heal well enough to play.

    Wohlabaugh attended Wednesday morning's practice but then left Macomb for St. Louis. Wohlabaugh could not be reached to comment once his release became official in the afternoon.

    "It doesn't appear like he's going to be able to continue his career," Wohlabaugh's agent, Alan Herman, said Wednesday night. "He was upset, as any player would be. The Rams have been first-class in how they've dealt with him. If there's any way he can continue playing, he knows he's got a home in St. Louis."

    However unlikely it might be, the Rams have left the door open to re-signing Wohlabaugh should his hip improve. But since it was painful at times during training camp for Wohlabaugh to even get into a 3-point stance, a return seems highly unlikely.

    Wohlabaugh, 32, would've been entering his 10th NFL season. He has played his way through a variety of injuries during this career, including a broken hand last season, but had never missed more than four games in any one season until now.

    "It's tough, because it's an internal injury," Wohlabaugh told the Post-Dispatch on Monday. "When you see me walking around, it doesn't look like there's anything wrong. Whereas if you've got a big cast on your hand, everyone says, 'Oh geez, that guy's hurt.' But it's tough, it's tough to deal with.

    "Fortunately for me, the Rams have been outstanding...
    -08-19-2004, 05:42 AM
  • Nick
    Pasquarelli discusses Delhomme's new contract, among other things
    by Nick
    Delhomme's Pact Could Affect Couch, Warner
    By Len Pasquarelli
    ESPN.com

    It is called lagniappe, an old Cajun word that roughly translates into "a little bit extra," and a term with which Carolina Panthers quarterback and dyed-in-the-gumbo Louisiana native Jake Delhomme was familiar, long before he agreed Thursday morning to his pricey new five-year contract extension.

    Rewarding their emerging star with a contract that reportedly could be worth as much as $38 million, a deal criticized in some NFL precincts because there remains a core group of skeptics anxious to see if Delhomme was just a one-year wonder, certainly represented a heaping helping of lagniappe ladled out by Panthers management. No matter where one sides in the debate, though, the contract inarguably was aimed at providing security for both parties to the extension.

    Good news, Carolina management hopes, for a franchise now suddenly resurrected and seeking to sustain newfound success and to create stability. And absolutely great news for an itinerant quarterback whose league resume included just two regular-season starts before 2003.

    But bad news -- very bad news, in fact, it says here -- for signal-callers such as Tim Couch, Kurt Warner and Kordell Stewart. How do we draw a correlation between Delhomme's contract and the fortunes of those veteran quarterbacks?

    Because players like Couch have recently been forced into a kind of wait-until-next-year mindset, one in which they sign short-term deals in the hopes of finding a far more appealing employment market next March, when they will be free agents and perhaps have a chance to pursue a starting job. And contracts like the one Delhomme signed, in the big picture, mean there aren't going to be as many vacant starting spots in the NFL as some observers suggest there might be.

    It is, to be sure, one of the NFL's most notable dichotomies. Everyone focuses closely on the movement of quarterbacks in the league every spring, and this year was no different, as 19 quarterbacks had switched franchises at last count. But in a league where the best-kept secret appears to be the number of teams that have cemented their starters in place over the last few years, many of them with deals of astonishing length, few quarterbacks who changed addresses actually upgraded their status.

    Here's a fact-and-fiction proposition: It's a fact that the 32 quarterbacks projected to be starters in 2004 have an average of 4.4 more seasons remaining on their current contracts, meaning they are locked in through 2007. So it is fiction to assume that a slew of No. 1 spots will become available next spring, or even the offseason after that.

    The late-blooming Delhomme is the latest beneficiary of a trend in which teams have sought to reverse the quarterback carousel and put a stop to the calliope tune that annually accompanies...
    -06-18-2004, 02:40 PM
  • txramsfan
    Rangers in line for Delgado
    by txramsfan
    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/spt/baseball/rangers/stories/012005dnsporangdate.613a7.html


    Rangers a step behind in pursuit of Delgado

    Friday meeting with slugger will be after other suitors

    By EVAN GRANT / The Dallas Morning News



    ARLINGTON By the time the Rangers step up to the plate to speak face-to-face with Carlos Delgado and agent David Sloane on Friday, they'll already be behind in the count.

    The Rangers signed reliever Carlos Almanzar for a one-year base salary of $1.1 million. Their chief competition for Delgado the Florida Marlins and New York Mets will each have had two cuts. Sloane, who had a long conversation with Marlins officials on Tuesday, said he would meet with the Mets today in Puerto Rico.

    Mets officials met with Delgado, sans Sloane, in Puerto Rico a little over a week ago. The Marlins met with the duo in South Florida over the weekend. This will be the Rangers first significant contact since Sloane met with a slew of teams at the winter meetings.

    "We are going to give it our best shot," Rangers owner Tom Hicks said from the Dominican Republic. "We know he's got other opportunities, but we like how we stack up. We're an [American League] team. He likes our park. He likes our young team. He likes our bullpen."

    One potential sticking point for Delgado, however, might be his role. While the Marlins and Mets are willing to make Delgado a full-time first baseman, he would likely DH the majority of the time in Texas and spell Mark Teixeira in the field for 30 or so games.

    Almanzar signs: The Rangers remained perfect in the John Hart era at avoiding a salary arbitration hearing by agreeing to terms with right-handed reliever Carlos Almanzar. Almanzar will receive a base salary of $1.1 million.

    The Rangers had already agreed with their other three arbitration-eligible players: catcher Rod Barajas, second baseman Alfonso Soriano and outfielder Gary Matthews Jr.

    "We don't like to go to hearings and get into a contrary situation with the players," GM Hart said. "We believe in them all year, we don't want to say anything negative in a hearing. This way, we go forward as a band of brothers."

    Almanzar, who was 7-3 with a 3.72 ERA last year, led Rangers relievers in wins. Almanzar missed the last week of the season with shoulder fatigue but said Tuesday his arm was fine. He did pitch briefly in the Dominican winter league.

    No rush for extensions: While owner Tom Hicks said he expects manager Buck Showalter to be with the team for a long time, he said a contract extension was not on the team's immediate agenda.

    "Our focus this week is on Dominican academies, not contract extensions," Hicks said. "We may sit down and have a ****tail...
    -01-20-2005, 12:40 PM
  • r8rh8rmike
    No Peter Boulware For Seahawks
    by r8rh8rmike
    Boulware signs one-year deal with Ravens

    Free agent linebacker Peter Boulware, released by the Baltimore Ravens three months ago, signed a one-year contract to rejoin the team.

    Agent Roosevelt Barnes said that Boulware, who worked out for team coaches and officials on Wednesday, had passed a team-administered physical exam on Thursday morning. The two sides had reached an agreement in principle on Wedneday, contingent on Boulware passing the physical.

    "The physical went well and he is really anxious to get going," said Barnes, who did not reveal financial details of the contract.

    The reunion with Boulware comes as the Ravens are in the midst of a stretch of injuries at the strongside linebacker spot. Starter Adalius Thomas suffered a hyperextended knee last week and is listed as day-to-day. Rookie Dan Cody, a second-round choice from Oklahoma, sustained a serious knee injury the first week of camp. While the injury will be evaluated again later this month, Cody probably will miss the entire season.

    Versatile third-year veteran Jarret Johnson, a defensive end by trade, started last week in a preseason game at Atlanta and played well. But Boulware offers an attractive insurance policy and a player who can still contribute as a pass rusher. Even before camp began, Ravens officials, including coach Brian Billick, said the team would entertain the notion of re-signing Boulware, a four-time Pro Bowl performer in eight seasons with the club.

    Hoping to dispel any lingering doubts about the state of his health, Boulware worked out in Tallahassee, Fla., last month for four teams interested in him. But the consensus was that he needed more time to rehabilitate from knee and toe injuries that sidelined him for the entire 2004 season.

    Released by the Ravens in early May after the two sides could not come to an agreement on a restructured contract, Boulware visited with the Houston Texans, Cleveland Browns and Seattle Seahawks during the spring. None of those teams, though, made a solid offer to him.

    Boulware, 30, spent the entire 2004 season on the physically unable to perform list as he attempted to recover from a knee injury sustained in the penultimate game of the 2003 campaign. He underwent toe surgery last December, the result of a November injury sustained in his first practice of the year, as he attempted to work his way back. He has also had microfracture knee surgery.

    He was scheduled to earn a $6 million base salary with the Ravens and reportedly rejected a restructuring that would have paid him $2 million with the chance to make an additional $2 million in incentives.

    The Ravens' first-round choice in the 1997 draft, and the fourth overall player selected that year, Boulware appeared in 111 games and started 102 of them. He registered 487 tackles, 67 sacks, 18 passes defensed, one interception,...
    -08-18-2005, 09:07 PM
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