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    Rams asked Blake Countess to take a pay cut. Terms could not be agreed on by the Rams and Countess reps. Thus, countess was waived today. His cap number was a little over 2 million. I kind of liked the guy, but not at 2 million. Door allegedly open for him to come back at a lower salary number. Rams signed josh carraway, outside pass rush guy who has been a practice squad player for the titans and was drafted in round 7 in 2017. Great athlete, zero history of nfl production. A wade phillips flyer for sure.

    ramming speed to all

    general counsel

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    The punters in our division will be happy as I recall him blocking a few punts along the way. He was usually able to cut through and pressure the punter if he didn't make the block. Some team with adequate cap space will probably sign him. Thanks for your effort Blake.

    Go Rams!


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      He was picked up on waivers by the Eagles.


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