NFL Free Agency: St. Louis Rams Re-Sign Backup Quarterback Kellen Clemens

Field YatesCorrespondent IIIApril 17, 2012

ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 1: Kellen Clemens #10 of the St. Louis Rams passes against the San Francisco 49ers at the Edward Jones Dome on January 1, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.  The 49ers beat the Rams 34-27.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The St. Louis Rams have agreed to a one-year contract with veteran quarterback Kellen Clemens, and he is likely to compete for the role of primary backup to Sam Bradford.

While contract details are yet unknown, the deal brings back a late-season pickup from 2011 for the Rams who made an impression on his team in just a few weeks on the job.

Originally a second-round pick by the New York Jets in 2006, Clemens spent his first five seasons as a pro with Gang Green before splitting 2011 between Washington, Houston and eventually St. Louis.

Clemens was claimed off of waivers by St. Louis on December 7th, and due to injuries to both Bradford and AJ Feeley, was forced into starting action just 11 days later.  He admirably tossed for nearly 230 yards in a loss to Cincinnati, but showed enough dependability to figure into the St. Louis mix for 2012. 

The 28-year-old out of the University of Oregon has appeared in 28 career games, completing 195 of his 375 throws for 2,232 yards, seven touchdowns and 12 interceptions.  

He was originally viewed as a potential long-term starter in New York, but a string of ineffective performances and playing behind such notable quarterbacks as Chad Pennington, Brett Favre and eventually Mark Sanchez prevented that from ever becoming the case.