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  • Rams' pass rush woes over...James Hall is back!

    Awesome...this frees us up to focus on another DT with the #2 pick...I just hope we can identify & select the least motivated & most out of shape player as good as we have previously...

    Rams agree to terms with Hall
    By Jim Thomas

    June 13, 2007 -- Rams defensive end James Hall (right) gets tangled up with offensive tackle Drew Strojny.
    (Chris Lee/P-D)

    James Hall, who started 15 games last season at right defensive end, is back with the Rams. Financial terms of his new two-year contract weren’t immediately available, but it’s a more cap-friendly deal according to team sources. Hall was released 3½ weeks ago in a salary cap move. He was scheduled to make $3.5 million in 2008 under the old contract, including a $500,000 roster bonus due the first weekend of the free agency period.
    Bothered much of last season with a high ankle sprain, Hall tied for seventh on the team with 59 tackles. He registered a team-high 20 quarterback pressures, but posted only 2½ sacks.
    "He was definitely a guy that we had high expectations for," coach Scott Linehan said Monday night. "But he played hurt most of the year. We think he has a couple of more years left."
    Hall made free-agent visits earlier this month to Buffalo and Minnesota.
    Linehan doesn’t think the addition of Hall will have any impact on what the Rams do with their first-round pick in the upcoming draft. Defensive ends Chris Long of Virginia and Vernon Gholston of Ohio State are prime candidates to be taken by St. Louis.

    "We still could (take a defensive end)," Linehan said. "It’s just as wide open as ever."
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  • #2
    Sounds like it doesn't have much of a bonus or guarantee if it's cap friendly. You need a couple players to rotate at the end position so I don't have an issue with this assuming the Rams still go after the big pass rusher with the first or second pick.
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    • #3
      I doubt this has any impact on who the Rams draft. We still need an OT or DE in this draft and Dorsey seems like a real player, so they'll just choose whomever of this group they like best that is not chosen by Miami: J. Long, C. Long, Gholston, and Dorsey.

      Hall was alright, especially in the run game. I like having him around as a rotation guy, but Little is old as dirt and has had one good season in the last three. Hall is also nothing spectacular. (This is the same situation at offensive tackle, by the by.) So...I bet we still draft a DE in the first two rounds. We simply have to get to the QB more often.
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      • #4
        The Rams absolutely have to pick a DE (Long or Gholston) in the first round.. We need young blood and DE's are hard to come by.

        There's plenty of good OL to pick in this draft and they can be had in the 2nd and 3rd rounds especially considering we pick high in all of the rounds.