St. Louis Rams Wiretap

Group Of Influential Owners Opposed To Rams' Move To Los Angeles

Sep 28, 2015 12:06 PM

A group of influential owners strongly opposes the relocation of the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles.

That group includes Panthers owner Jerry Richardson, who is emerging as a leader of the NFL’s Los Angeles committee.

Richardson and other owners view the San Diego Chargers and Oakland Raiders as more eligible to move under the league’s relocation policy, especially since it appears that St. Louis has cobbled together a viable plan for building a new stadium.

A move by the Chargers is also considered the least disruptive to existing fan bases.

The process includes at least 24 owners approving any move. 


Both the Chargers and Rams appear to have enough votes to block a move by the other party.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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NFL Could Move Only One Team To Los Angeles Indefinitely

Sep 23, 2015 1:36 PM

The NFL may ultimately move just one team to Los Angeles indefinitely.

The common assumption has been two teams would move to Los Angeles as it would help finance an expensive, privately funded stadium in California.

The St. Louis Rams are the team most likely to relocate if just one franchise is moved.

Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times reports that the Los Angeles relocation process soon will shift from league-office personnel to a key group of owners and Roger Goodell.

If the San Diego Chargers are determined to move to Los Angeles, they can attempt to block the Rams' solo move.

Mike Florio/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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Rams Testing Todd Gurley By Having Him Be Lynch On Scout Team

Sep 10, 2015 1:35 PM

Todd Gurley is taking his first contact in practice this week playing the "Beast Mode" role of Marshawn Lynch on the scout team as the St. Louis Rams prepare to play the Seattle Seahawks.

Gurley won't be tackled to the ground, but he will be "bumped" and "thudded", which serves as a test of his readiness for the next phase. 

Gurley is expected to appear in games within the next month if he has no setbacks.

The Rams and other NFL teams believe Gurley is the best running back prospect since Adrian Peterson went seventh overall in 2007.

The Seahawks even rated Gurley as the best player in the 2015 NFL Draft.

Adam Schefter, Chris Mortensen/ESPN

Tags: St. Louis Rams, Fantasy

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Todd Gurley Removes Non-Contact Beanie

Sep 7, 2015 12:53 PM

Todd Gurley has shed the non-contact beanie he's been wearing practice as he gets closer to being declared ready to play in game action.

Gurley has already been ruled out for Week 1 by the St. Louis Rams.

"I can do everything," Gurley said Sunday when asked about his practice limitations. "The beanie's off, so I'm good."


The Rams are being cautious with Gurley as he returns from a torn ACL.

"I definitely would want to be playing, but I know it's going to be a long journey," Gurley said. "You have to be patient and when the time comes it comes. I'll be ready for it."

Kevin Patra/

Tags: St. Louis Rams, Fantasy

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NFL Exec: Oakland Has No Viable Plan To Keep Raiders

Aug 12, 2015 2:01 AM

NFL owners held a meeting in Chicago on Tuesday to discuss a possible relocation to Los Angeles.

The Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers and St. Louis Rams all have interest in relocating to Los Angeles.

"The facts on the ground are that there's been no viable proposal to the Raiders," executive vice president of NFL ventures and business operations Eric Grubman said after the Special League Meeting on Los Angeles. "... As of yet, there's no proposal for the Raiders to consider."

Added Grubman: "If a proposal is made at any stage, and it's not actionable ... it's really not something the club could act upon."

Kevin Patra/

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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Nick Foles Agrees To Two-Year Extension With Rams

Aug 8, 2015 4:29 AM

Nick Foles and the St. Louis Rams have agreed upon a two-year extension through 2017 worth just over $24.5 million.

Foles will receive almost $14 million in guaranteed money.

Foles can void the final year of the deal based on Pro Bowl or team performance.

Foles was due $1.5 million in the final season of his rookie contract.

The Rams acquired Foles this past offseason from the Philadelphia Eagles.

Chris Wesseling/

Tags: St. Louis Rams, Misc Rumor, Signing

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L.A. Coliseum Offers To Host One NFL Team

Jul 9, 2015 11:00 PM

USC, which operates the Coliseum, confirmed Thursday it will submit a proposal to the NFL. But under the terms of USC's lease with the Coliseum Commission, the university can host only one team at the stadium on a temporary basis of up to four years.


"USC will be responding to the NFL's RFP [request for proposal] and we hope to welcome an NFL team into the Coliseum starting in the 2016 season," Todd Dickey, USC's senior vice president for administration, said in a written statement.

The Rose Bowl decision was especially surprising because in 2005, when the venue gave up its bid to be a permanent NFL home, Pasadena funded an environmental impact report to position the Rose Bowl as a temporary site. 

Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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Rose Bowl Not Interested In Being Temporary NFL Home

Jul 9, 2015 10:52 PM

Officials of the Rose Bowl do not want their stadium to serve as a temporary home for an NFL team that relocates to Los Angeles.

The RBOC, which runs the Pasadena stadium, decided it was more productive and lucrative for the Rose Bowl to pursue a music and arts festival, which would take place annually during three days in June.


“We believe that a music and arts festival is more fitting with Pasadena's brand and with the future of the stadium,” said Victor Gordo, RBOC president and a member of the Pasadena City Council. “With our desire to have certainty of finances of the stadium, and to have a world-class event that's fitting of the city.”

Sam Farmer/Los Angeles Times

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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NFL Could Use 27,000-Seat Soccer Stadium As Temporary L.A. Venue

Jun 27, 2015 9:58 AM

The NFL has considered moving a team to the StubHub Center in Carson, California as a temporary home for a relocated team to Los Angeles.

The venue is home to the L.A. Galaxy of the MLS and seats just 27,000.

Other temporary stadiums under consideration are the Rose Bowl (where UCLA plays), the L.A. Coliseum (where USC plays) and Major League Baseball’s Dodger Stadium and Angel Stadium. All of those are much larger than the StubHub Center, but all of them might also have scheduling conflicts with an NFL team.

Michael David Smith/Pro Football Talk

Tags: Oakland Raiders, San Diego Chargers, St. Louis Rams

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Rams Seek Long-Term Deal With Nick Foles

Jun 16, 2015 11:18 AM

The St. Louis Rams would like to sign Nick Foles to a long-term extension.

The team has reached out to Foles' camp and the two sides have had some initial discussions, according to Rapoport.

Foles, who was acquired from the Eagles in the Sam Bradford trade this offseason, is entering the final year of his rookie contract. He is due to make $1.5 million in 2015.

Ian Rapoport/

Tags: St. Louis Rams, Free Agent Rumor, Misc Rumor

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NFL To Hold Additional Meeting On Los Angeles In August
The conference will be used as a timeline and process update, focused on the progress of home markets (Oakland, San Diego, St. Louis) to keep their teams.

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Raiders Have No Interest In Moving To St. Louis
Mark Davis wishes to keep the Raiders in Oakland, though a significant gap in the funding of a new stadium in the Bay Area remains a looming problem.

Curtis Crabtree/Pro Football Talk

NFL Optimistic Team Will Move To L.A. By 2016
The progress in St. Louis is described as "steady," while Oakland has "moved backward since March."

Albert Breer/ (via PFT)

Jets Trade For Zac Stacy
Zac Stacy became expendable when the Rams drafted Todd Gurley 10th overall.

Rich Cimini/ESPN

Zac Stacy Seeks Trade From Rams
Zac Stacy was one of the pleasant surprises of the 2013 season, rushing for 973 yards in just 13 games.

Jim Thomas/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Kevin White Visits Bears, Rams This Week
Both Mel Kiper Jr. and Todd McShay project Kevin White going to the Bears at No. 7.

Jeff Dickerson/ESPN

Rams Workout Marcus Mariota
Marcus Mariota's workout lasted 45 minutes.

Bryan Fischer/

Rams Expected To Pick Quarterback In Draft
Both Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are likely to be off the board when the Rams pick at No. 10.

Marc Sessler/

Browns Offered First Round Pick For Sam Bradford
The Browns aren't counting on Johnny Manziel being a factor this season.

Charley Casserly/

Nick Fairley Signs With Rams On One-Year, $5M Deal
Nick Fairley helps boost the Rams' already strong front seven.

Ian Rapoport/

Eagles Trade Nick Foles To Rams For Sam Bradford
Sam Bradford and Nick Foles have struggled to remain healthy in their NFL careers.

Adam Schefter/ESPN

AEG Abandons Pursuit Of Downtown Los Angeles Stadium
AEG invested at least $50 million and five years in their efforts to build a stadium.

Sam Farmer, Nathan Fenno, Tim Logan/Los Angeles Times

Rams' QB Coach Weinke Compares Sam Bradford To Luck
When Andrew Luck was coming out of college, Chris Weinke said the closest comparison was to Sam Bradford.

Conor Orr/

Rams Haven't Received Any Trade Interest In Sam Bradford
The Rams have pressured Sam Bradford to accept a reduction in his $13 million salary that counts $16.6 million against the salary cap in the contract's final year.

Chris Wesseling/

Inglewood Approves Plans For Rams' Stadium
The council approved the $2 billion plan with a 5-0 vote after a meeting with several hours of public comment.


Rams Plan On Keeping Sam Bradford As Starter In 2015
Sam Bradford was out for the entire 2014 season due to another ACL injury.

Kevin Patra/

Rams Trying To Restructure Sam Bradford's Contract
Sam Bradford has missed 25 of the past 32 games and 31 total over his five-year career.

Jim Thomas/St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Rams To Hire Frank Cignetti As Offensive Coordinator
Frank Cignetti was previously quarterbacks coach of the Rams and was one of Jeff Fisher's original hires with the Rams.

Seahawks Have Best Super Bowl 50 Odds
The Seahawks, Patriots and Packers have the best odds of winning the Super Bowl next season.


Rob Chudzinski Staying With Colts On New Deal, Title
Rob Chudzinski was a prime candidate to become offensive coordinator of either the 49ers or Rams.

Larry Hartstein/CBS Sports

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