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As Expected, St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission Rejects Rams Counteroffer
According to various reports, including this one from stltoday.com, the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission rejected the Rams counteroffer to upgrade the Edward Jones Dome, the Rams home venue since 1995.
The St. Louis CVC shared the following statement regarding their rejection of the Rams proposal:
(The CVC) expressed to the St. Louis Rams that it believes that it is in the best interest of the community and the Rams to engage in meaningful dialogue over the next two weeks, and looks forward to the opportunity to do so at the earliest convenience of Rams management.
St. Louis mayor Francis Slay's chief of staff Jeff Rainford summed up the obvious in stating that today's action by the CVC was a most expected step:
It was expected. I think the Rams probably expected it ... and are preparing for arbitration.
Mayor Francis Slay himself shared his thoughts via his twitter account regarding the aforementioned CVC rejection:
CVC tells me that it has rejected the Rams' counterproposal. Now talks can and should begin.
Nothing about today's official response by the St. Louis CVC should be surprising in the least.
The CVC started with a modest offer, as expected in a negotiation of this kind. It was rejected, as was admittedly expected by CVC president Kathleen "Kitty" Ratcliffe.
The Rams then offered their counteroffer on May 1, an offer that asked for everything plus the kitchen sink. As fully expected, the CVC, in turn, rejected it.
Now, the negotiations will begin and an acceptable middle ground of some sort will be pursued.
There has been nothing surprising to this point in the process. The prerequisites are now out of the way and the initiation of real talks and negotiations will now commence.
If the Rams and CVC cannot come to an agreement by June 15, the process will head to arbitration. Please keep in mind that any ruling by the arbitrator that would be agreed to be the CVC would be binding for the Rams and the process would be complete.
Tight End Competition Just Beginning in St. Louis
According to a new article by Nick Wagoner for stlouisrams.com, the tight end competition at Rams Park is just beginning.
Head coach Jeff Fisher feels good about where things stand at TE right now:
We’ve got them all shapes and sizes and Coach (Boras) is doing a great job with them. It’s a very important position in our offense. You need flexibility and they need to be able to be interchanged, sometimes at the fullback position, sometimes you spread them open. It’s an important position, like I said, so we’re pleased so far.
St. Louis currently has a whopping total of nine tight ends on the roster. That number will be cut down to four by the time the season gets underway.
One intriguing prospect is former LSU tight end DeAngelo Peterson who compares himself to Aaron Hernandez of the New England Patriots:
I’m more like a Hernandez-type. I can move around, I can get mismatches, I can run routes and catch the ball. But the thing that people don’t see is that I am a good run blocker too. I am showing the Rams I can do that, too.
“We are doing a lot of things. We move around to different positions. Sometimes we play fullback, sometimes we spread out, sometimes we attach and then for tight ends we have to learn each of the three positions because there is no telling where we’ll be playing.
Analyzing the Rams and NFC West Safeties
Mike Sando of ESPN analyzed the safety position for St. Louis and the entire NFC West in this piece.
Sando suggests that the safety position is a strong one for the division and projects the Rams backups to be Craig Dahl and undrafted free agent Matt Danels of Duke.
For much more from Sando regarding the division's safety situation, please click the above-linked article.
Rick Venturi on NFL Offseason Workouts
Long-time NFL executive Rick Venturi shared a great deal of insight regarding NFL offseason workouts in this piece for 101sports.com.
Venturi has three decades of experience in and around NFL offseasons so his piece is one that I would strongly recommend taking time to read.
Free Agent Additions William Hayes and Trevor Laws Excited For Fresh Start
In this piece from stlouisrams.com senior writer Nick Wagoner, free agent defensive linemen William Hayes (defensive end from the Tennessee Titans) and Trevor Laws (defensive tackle from the Philadelphia Eagles) share their excitement to engage in a fresh start in the STL.
Laws shared the following in regard to a new opportunity in the Show-Me State:
I am 26 years old. I feel like I am really coming into my prime. Coming down here to St. Louis, I feel like I am going to have an opportunity to shine and that’s really what I am looking for is an opportunity to shine and get out of this as much as I can.
Both look to be key contributors for the Rams in 2012 and beyond via a rotational role. Neither are likely to start, but both should be important cogs within Jeff Fisher's defense.
For much more from Laws and all the quotes from Hayes as well as background information related to both players, please click the aforementioned link.
Rams Continue Extensive Community Service Work
The St. Louis Rams continue their extensive public service work with yet another project, as detailed in this video piece at stlousrams.com.
This time, the community work was outside of the St. Louis region and in El Salvador. The work there was aided by linebackers James Laurinaitis and Josh Hull.
Have a great day as always, STL Rams Nation.
Shane Gray covers the St. Louis Rams daily as a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. You are encouraged to check out the rest of his work here. Gray also owns and operates stlramscentral.com.
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