The Rams haven’t had many bright spots in the franchise over the last several years, but Chris Long and James Laurinaitis have been are the present and future of this franchise. The good news is that the organization feels the same way. Rams VP Kevin Demoff did a chat over at the team’s website, and he said the team has started the process of negotiating long-term deals with the duo.
“We have been focused on clearing up our salary cap situation over the past few years to make sure in 2013 we had the available space to re-sign our key core young players, such as Long and Laurinaitis. We’re in the process of starting initial conversations with both players, and I’m optimistic that both will wear the horns for years to come. We have plenty of cap room in 2013 and the plan is to re-sign both of them.”
First of all, I recommend anyone who is a Rams fan go to the team site and read the chat in its entirety. There is a ton of info there, so much so that I can’t possibly get to it all here. There is plenty of moving/Dome talk, so check it out.
Now, back to Long and Laurinaitis. I’m a huge fan of both of these guys, so the fact that the team is making signing them a priority is a very good thing. Laurinaitis is one of the most consistent, reliable players in the league, and I think Long is on the verge of becoming a star. The Rams look like they are committed to having a dominant defense for years to come, and keeping Laurinaitis and Long is the first step.