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Monday
May042015

Rams Trade Running Back Zac Stacy to the Jets

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(FLORHAM PARK, N.J.) -- Zac Stacy got his wish. Just days after requesting a trade, the St. Louis Rams traded the running back to the New York Jets for a seventh-round draft pick.

"We thought the idea of bringing Zac in for that kind of investment would be very beneficial and increase the competition at that position," Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan said. "He's had success in the league. Two years ago, he was close to a 1,000-yard back. This past season, his production wasn't quite as high, but we do think he's a good-caliber running back."

The Rams selected running back Todd Gurley tenth overall in the draft this past Thursday, prompting Stacy to simply tweet "Yikes." Less than 24 hours after, the tweet had been deleted, but reports had surfaced that Stacy requested a trade.

Stacy now goes from one crowded backfield to another. Stacy will join running backs Stevan Ridley, Chris Ivory, Bilal Powell, and Daryl Richardson in New York.


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Friday
May012015

Report: Rams Running Back Zac Stacy Requests Trade

Scott Boehm/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After drafting former Georgia running back Todd Gurley in the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft on Thursday night, the St. Louis Rams backfield is very crowded all of the sudden.

As a result, running back Zac Stacy has reportedly requested a trade. He tweeted "Yikes" just moments after the selection. That tweet has since been deleted.

Not long after, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported that Stacy requested a trade, and the team is apparently open to doing just that.

It is unclear where Stacy fits in the team's offense.

Stacy had a very productive rookie year in 2013, when he rushed for 973 yards in 14 games along with seven touchdowns. He struggled mightily in his sophomore season, running just 293 yards on 76 attempts in 13 games.

The Rams selected Gurley, who is viewed by many as the best running back prospect in the draft, using the 10th pick in the draft.

Along with Gurley, the team also has running backs Tre Mason and Benny Cunningham.


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Tuesday
Apr142015

Former NFL RB Lawrence Phillips Suspected of Killing Prison Cellmate

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(FRESNO, Calif.) -- Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said Monday.

Phillips' cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt. Marshall Denning said in a statement.

Phillips was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska. He played for the St. Louis Rams until being released in 1997 for insubordination. He also played for the Miami Dolphins and San Francisco 49ers.

Phillips is serving a sentence of more than 31 years. He was convicted of twice choking his girlfriend in 2005 in San Diego and later that year of driving his car into three teens after a pickup football game in Los Angeles. It wasn't clear whether Phillips has an attorney.

He is suspected of killing Damion Soward, a 37-year-old inmate from San Bernardino County serving 82 years to life for a first-degree murder conviction.


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Friday
Mar272015

Michael Sam: 'I Am Not the Only Gay Person in the NFL'

Joe Robbins/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- Michael Sam, who was the first openly gay player to be selected in the NFL draft, said on Thursday that there are more gay players currently playing in the NFL.

In a Q&A session in Dallas Thursday, Sam said that other players have reached out to him to thank him for having the courage to be open about his sexuality.

"I am not the only gay person in the NFL," Sam said, according to the Forth Worth Star-Telegram. "I'm just saying there is a lot of us. I respect the players that did reach out to me and had the courage to tell me that they were also gay, but they do not have the same courage as I do to come out before I even played a down in the NFL."

"Was it a risky move? Yes. But at that moment, the reason why I came out is I thought it wasn't going to be a big deal," Sam continued. "Maybe I was naive. Maybe I thought it was 2014, and people will understand that there's gay NFL players. There's gay athletes everywhere. But I was clearly wrong. It was a huge deal."

"The players who have reached out to me and told me about their sexual orientation, it just means a lot. But I will never say anything about who they are, what teams they are [on]. I'm just saying there's some famous people, and I'm not the only one," he added.

Sam failed to make the St. Louis Rams last year after being drafted by them and then played on the Dallas Cowboys practice team squad before being released on Oct. 21.

"Hopefully I'm not being discriminated [against] because I'm gay," Sam said Thursday, according to the paper. "I don't believe that I'm being discriminated [against] because I'm gay. I just want to know if I'm truly not in the NFL, it's because of talent. Let it be because of my talents. But you've got to prove that I can't play this game. If you look at the film, clearly I can. So, I'll leave it at that."

Sam participated in the first-ever veteran combine last weekend and ran the 40 in 4.99 seconds.


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Monday
Mar232015

Stan Kroenke Has Designs for Two-Team Los Angeles Stadium

Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Rams owner Stan Kroenke will not let anything get in the way of his efforts to move an NFL franchise to Los Angeles.

Kroenke has designed his proposed stadium in Inglewood, California to host two teams, according to the Los Angeles Times. The design model accommodates the NFL's idea that Los Angeles is a two-team city, and competes with the Raiders and Chargers proposal for a joint stadium in Carson, California.

Kroenke has publicly stated that he does not intend to move the Rams from St. Louis, but it would be odd for an owner to create a stadium and not house his own team in it.

The Rams have now switched to a year-to-year lease with the city of St. Louis, so a move would be rather straightforward, should it occur. 

New York Giants owner John Mara has stated that he believes a team will play in Los Angeles next year. To move, a team would need 24 other owners to support the relocation.  The earliest that would happen would be January 2016.


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Sunday
Mar152015

Rams Sign DT Nick Fairley

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(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- The St. Louis Rams are re-inventing the Fearsome Foursome. 

Defensive tackle Nick Fairley has agreed to a one-year deal, worth up to $8 million.

"The defensive line here is great," Fairley said. "I’m glad to be a part of it, glad to be coming in to a great situation with the defense, and just to add to it. So I’m here to help this team win and hopefully we’ll get to the Super Bowl."

Before signing Fairley, St. Louis defensive line included Michael Brockers, Aaron Donald, Chris Long and Robert Quinn. The four members registered 22.5 sacks last season, though Long only played in six games due to injury. Fairley had recorded 10 pressures during a two-game span in October last year before a knee injury slowed down his season.

Fairley is expected to slide in behind Donald as part of a defensive line rotation and will likely spell Brockers on passing downs.

The Rams of the 1960s were comprised of Lamar Lundy, Rosie Grier, Merlin Olson and Deacon Jones.  The four members were known as the "Fearsome Foursome" and both Olson and Jones are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


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Saturday
Mar142015

Rams Agree To Two-Year Deal With Kenny Britt

Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images(ST. LOUIS, Mo.) -- The St. Louis Rams are bringing back their leading receiver from last season.

Kenny Britt and the Rams have agreed to a two-year deal, Friday.

"The year of the #Ram I want to thank everyone from the #Horn to the tail 4 the opportunity to play in such a great Organization #RamsNation," Britt tweeted.

Britt was a first-round pick of Tennessee in 2009 when Jeff Fisher -- now head coach of the Rams -- was the head coach of the Titans.

Last season, Britt caught 48 passes for 748 yards and three touchdowns. 


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Wednesday
Mar112015

Rams Trade QB Sam Bradford to Eagles For QB Nick Foles

NFL Shield (NFL)(PHILADELPHIA) -- The Philadelphia Eagles acquired quarterback Sam Bradford from the St. Louis Rams on Tuesday for quarterback Nick Foles. The Rams will also receive a fourth-round pick in 2015 and a second-round pick in 2016, while the Eagles will get a fifth-round pick in 2015.

The Rams originally selected Bradford out of Oklahoma with the  number-one overall pick in the 2010 NFL draft. In 49 regular-season games with St. Louis, he had 11,065 passing yards along with 59 touchdowns and 38 interceptions.

Bradford missed the entire 2014 season after tearing his left ACL.

“Throughout his five years with the Rams, Sam has been a consummate professional,” Rams owner Stan Kroenke said in a statement. “We thank Sam for his dedication to our team and community and wish him and his family the best moving forward.”

Foles came to Philadelphia as a third-round selection out of Arizona in the 2012 NFL draft. In 28 regular-season games, he passed for 6,753 yard with 46 touchdowns and 17 interceptions.

 “I’m extremely excited about adding Nick to our team,” Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. “Nick is a talented young quarterback and will be a great addition to our offense. I look forward to getting him here as we prepare to start our offseason program.”


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Wednesday
Feb252015

Stadium Proposal Approved By Inglewood, California

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(INGLEWOOD, Ca.) -- The National Football League's inevitable return to the Los Angeles market has taken another step forward.

Late Tuesday night, the Inglewood City Council approved a $2 billion stadium proposal set forth by St. Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke.

Last week, the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders put forth a proposal for a joint stadium in Carson, California. Kroenke and the Inglewood council felt a new sense of urgency after the two teams were seeking to relocate.

The Rams left the Los Angeles market after the 1994 season. The team was founded in Cleveland in 1937 but relocated to Los Angeles in 1946.

It is believed the Rams could move to Los Angeles as soon as the 2016 season, where they would play in the Los Angeles Coliseum until the new stadium would be completed around 2018.


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Monday
Feb232015

San Diego Mayor Renews Chargers Stadium Efforts

San Diego Chargers/NFL(SAN DIEGO, Ca.) -- As NFL franchises continue to threaten to leave their current locations for the Los Angeles market, local officials scramble -- often at the expense of taxpayers.

San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer met with San Diego Chargers team president Dean Spanos and agreed to expedite a timetable with the county stadium advisory panel, to find a new location and finance plan for the stadium.

"I explained to Mr. Spanos that we are going to work to keep the team here but I will never support a deal that San Diego can't afford," Faulconer said in a prepared statement. "We will continue to work to produce a viable stadium plan that is fair for San Diegans, protects taxpayers and can be approved by voters.

"The stadium advisory group has agreed to speed up its efforts and will release a work product in the next 90 days. I look forward to sharing the plan with the public and the Chargers at that time."

In 2013, USA Today found that oftentimes tax payers end up paying more than half the costs of new stadiums. During construction and improvements, the public takes on almost 75% of the bill due to "obscure costs."

The advisory panel was originally scheduled to put forth a proposal in September, but as the Chargers continue to explore options in the Los Angeles market to put pressure on San Diego, Faulconer agreed to speed up the process.


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