ST. LOUIS, MO - OCTOBER 2: James Laurinaitis #55 of the St. Louis Rams returns an interception against the Washington Redskins at the Edward Jones Dome on October 2, 2011 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Redskins beat the Rams 17-10. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

Rams, James Laurinaitis Reach 5-Year Contract Extension

The St. Louis Rams signed linebacker James Laurinaitis to a five-year contract extension one day before the team's season opener.

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Danny Amendola Set To Excite PPR Fantasy Football Leagues All Over Again

For the most part, the St. Louis Rams don't have a lot to offer 2012 fantasy football players aside from another cautious dose of Steven Jackson. But in PPR fantasy football, that slightly off-kilter variant that awards fractional points for receptions and not just yardage or touchdowns, another skill player has emerged as a plausible fantasy option: Danny Amendola, who back in 2010 amassed fewer than 700 yards but spread it out over a perversely impressive 85 receptions.

After an injury wiped out almost all his 2011, Amendola returns to the field in 2012 with an offense almost as conservative as the one that made his a legendarily inefficient receiver in 2010, and a quarterback who still looks ready to rely heavily on a short game anchored by his top receiver and a cast of unproven tight ends.

Getting up around 90 receptions again will require the rest of the offense to be stronger than it has in years, but not too strong--you'd hate, as a Danny Amendola owner, to see Bradford start throwing to targets downfield. But if you're marginally optimistic about the Rams' offensive performance in 2012, and you get a bonus for every three-yard reception your team manages, Amendola remains a weirdly plausible fantasy football receiver.


James Laurinaitis Contract: LB, Rams Agree To 5-Year Extension, According To Report

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the St. Louis Rams have signed linebacker James Laurinaitis to a five-year, $41.5 million extension that runs through 2017 and includes $23.5 million guaranteed.

The contract puts Laurinaitis in the spotlight as he is now being paid like one of the elite players at his position. Turf Show Times thinks that those that don't think Laurinaitis is worth the money are wrong.

Some may say that this could be a bit too much money for Laurinaitis. Many see him as a solid MLB, but not one of the elites. I disagree. He has been right on the outside of the pro bowl team each season, while playing behind a shaky defensive line.

The former Ohio State Buckeye is in his fourth season and has amassed 376 total tackles with eight sacks and five interceptions in his career.

With Chris Long already signing an extension, the defense has solidified the two major cogs in their defense.

For more on Laurinaitis and the Rams, check out Turf Show Times.

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