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    Curious?
    by Guest
    When did Steven Jackson make the Rams "brass" aware that he would not be ,actively, participating in "any Ram(deer) games" or practices without a new contract? Two weeks after the end of the '07 season? One month before the '08 preseason camp? The day before camp? The day that camp started?

    Just curious.



    RAM ON!
    -08-06-2008, 04:35 AM
  • PeoriaRam
    It's the first day of training camp....
    by PeoriaRam
    And Bradford is not signed. Even better, contract negotiations have had hiccups emerge.

    Good job Team Devaney. You had almost 7 months to get a deal done and still didn't. :| In your next jobs, start contract negotiations a little sooner.
    -07-29-2010, 05:31 AM
  • RamWraith
    Rams Report to Training Camp with Optimism for '07
    by RamWraith
    Thursday, July 26, 2007

    By Nick Wagoner
    Senior Writer

    As player after player jumped out of their cars and unpacked in front of the team’s training camp hotel to report for the first day of the 2007 training camp, the usual message from all NFL teams was the message of the day.

    With the arrival of training camp comes the emergence of hope in 32 NFL cities. The real games are over a month away and the records are all the same. In St. Louis, it was no different as the Rams talked about trying to carry over momentum from their flourishing finish a year ago and the possibilities for an offense that, on paper, has the ability to be one of the best in the league.

    Following his breakout season in 2006, nobody exemplified the eternal optimism of the first day of camp more than running back Steven Jackson. As he hopped out of his Mercedes vehicle, Jackson had a big grin on his face and his “I Believe” t-shirt on with the sunny disposition of a player with grand plans for the 2007 season.

    “It’s part of a promotion and I thought it would be perfect to wear today because it’s a new season and a fresh start,” Jackson said.

    Indeed. A new beginning equals a new chance to vie for the NFL’s top prize and a berth in the Super Bowl. What might be a realistic goal for some teams isn’t as realistic when the season starts. But for at least a month, those hopes stay intact.

    For the Rams, a strong finish to an average season has created plenty of enthusiasm in Earth City. While it remains to be seen if any of that momentum can actually carry over from one season to the next, the Rams have reason to believe they can make more strides in the second year of the coach Scott Linehan era.

    For that reason and many others, this is Linehan’s favorite part of the year.

    “In all seriousness it is,” Linehan said. “There has been a lot of work put in by everybody to get here. There is a lot of work ahead. It’s exciting when guys show up in shape. I have a good feeling about that. Some guys have a look about them and there’s a lot of excitement within the team and the players. I think that’s the fun part.”

    Most of the 86 players listed on the Rams’ roster reported to camp Thursday afternoon. Only three players were not present. Quarterback Marc Bulger and rookie defensive tackle Adam Carriker (see accompanying story) were not in attendance as their representatives worked on contracts for their clients. Undrafted rookie linebacker Kevin McLee was also absent because of a death in the family.

    But the optimism around the team is more than reasonable considering the way the team finished the year and the offseason it had. When practice opens Friday morning, every Ram in attendance will be cleared to play as all injuries have been healed to the point of full clearance. That means linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa is ready...
    -07-26-2007, 03:59 PM
  • turbofargo
    When will Bradford's contract be done
    by turbofargo
    Will it be done before the ownership issue is complete or will it be contingent on the completion of the new deal. When do talks usually heat up?
    -05-14-2010, 02:41 PM
  • RamWraith
    Get It Done
    by RamWraith
    By Howard Balzer
    Thursday, August 14, 2008

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    MEQUON, Wis. – If there was any significance to Rams contract negotiators Jay Zygmunt and Samir Suleiman not being in attendance at the final practice of the Wisconsin portion of training camp Wednesday, we should know fairly soon.


    Both have been consistent attendees throughout camp, yet both had no presence at the afternoon workout that was cut short by a 30-minute downpour.


    The key words when Zygmunt broke off negotiations with Eugene Parker, the agent for running back Steven Jackson, on July 25, were “training camp.” When Zygmunt was blind-sided by Jackson’s decision to boycott camp without a new contract, he said there would be no more talks until Jackson reported to “training camp.”


    Well, officially, “training camp” is now over. Yes, there are still 80 players on the “training camp” roster. And yes, there are still two weeks of practice until the final cutdown to 53 players on Aug. 30.


    But, two-a-days are now over. The team “breaks camp” and leaves for home today. That gives both Zygmunt and Jackson the perfect opportunity to extricate themselves from their public stance and get this done by the weekend.


    Had Jackson reported to camp, he would have cashed his bonus check two weeks ago, at the latest. Had he been as professional as Eagles running back Brian Westbrook was, he would have his new deal already, and wouldn’t have alienated even more a portion of the public that already didn’t care for him, much less having added a fresh legion of fans that can’t figure out what he is up to.


    Westbrook, in case you hadn’t heard, also changed agents just before training camp, and was seeking more money within the contract he was under, one that had three years remaining. But Westbrook reported to training camp, and he had his new deal on Aug. 8. That attitude was highlighted by Eagles president Joe Banner, who said, “There was never one single moment, privately, where there was any threat of, ‘I’m not playing in the game, I’m not coming to camp.’ We all knew the realities of what his options were. They couldn’t have been more positive and professional throughout the whole thing. All of us knew, ‘Let’s get this done as quickly as we can, and certainly let’s get this done before we’re going to ask him to go out and play a game.’


    “This is a premier guy, leader, player. What he has done over the last few weeks here with this going on and still working; he came out there when he had strep throat and practiced. He just wants to win so badly. He wants the team to be the best it can be. That’s what drove him, it’s what has always driven him.”


    Meanwhile, with Jackson, we hear rumblings once again that he’s not happy with his agent. The reality is, Steven Jackson will be an extremely wealthy man when...
    -08-14-2008, 01:28 PM
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