ST. LOUIS (AP) The day before the St. Louis Rams' opener, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis signed a five-year contract extension. The business of sport out of the way, he put up the usual double-digit tackle day.
Laurinaitis led the Rams in tackles his first three seasons and he got a nice head start on making it four straight after participating in 15 tackles in the loss at Detroit in Week 1. He the new contract gives him a measure of security.
He also believes the Rams, who have won just 15 of their last 81 games, are poised to make a move.
"Obviously with the regime we have, I'm proud to be a part of it and I'm proud to be in St. Louis," said Laurinaitis, a former second-round pick out of Ohio State. "It's nice to know that I'll be here for sure for another five years. I don't have to wonder at all about it going through the season."
Defensive end Chris Long got a multiyear extension the day before training camp, and at that time the Rams said Laurinaitis was the next prio...