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  • Rams, Joyner not expected to agree to long term deal before deadline

    Adam Schefter

    No long-term deal is expected between Los Angeles and Rams’ franchised S Lamarcus Joyner by Monday’s 4 pm ET deadline, though the two sides continue talking, per league sources. If no deal, Joyner would be scheduled to become a free agent after this season.

    8:51 PM - 15 Jul 2018

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