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    Prior to the Rams’ convoy departing for Indianapolis for the annual scouting combine, there was an unexpected meeting for the team’s top executives.

    Potential owner Shahid Khan, who has agreed to purchase at least the 60 percent of the team held by Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, was in St. Louis Tuesday and met individually for about 20 minutes each with executive vice president of football operations/chief operating officer Kevin Demoff, general manager Billy Devaney and coach Steve Spagnuolo. The meetings were away from Rams Park.

    Said a source close to Khan, “There was no specific agenda other than to take advantage of a break in his schedule to become acquainted, and the timing was right just prior to the combine.”

    “It was a good meeting,” said Devaney from Indianapolis. “You can tell he cares about the Rams. He seems like a real good guy.”

    Khan is continuing the process of hopefully being approved by the NFL ownership. It is believed, although not confirmed, that he has talked with part-owner Stan Kroenke about his plans.

    Kroenke has until April 12 to make known whether he will retain his 40 percent ownership of the team, sell that 40 percent to Khan or exercise his right of first refusal for the 60 percent Khan has agreed to buy.

    The previously reported that Khan is hoping that Kroenke remains as an owner of the team.

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    Re: Khan 'gets acquainted' with Rams executives, Spagnuolo

    Sounds like a good guy who's passionate about this team.


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      "Stan has been a great partner, a friend to our family for 15 years," Rosenbloom said. "It's his right to do what he chose to do here. We're happy that we have such a good friend in Stan and that St. Louis has such a good friend in Stan."

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