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Former Missouri football players Sam, Gaines among 11 signing Rams rookies

Thursday, June 12, 2014 | 8:04 p.m. CDT

EARTH CITY — The St. Louis Rams have signed their entire 2014 draft class, according to a team press release Thursday. 

Among the 11 rookies signed by the team are former Missouri defenders E.J. Gaines and Michael Sam. Gaines, a cornerback, was a sixth-round selection and the 188th overall pick in this year's draft. Sam, a defensive lineman, was one of the team's two seventh-round selections and the 249th overall. 

The team did not disclose terms of the contracts. Monetary amounts tend to be set based on draft position because of the league's 2011 collective bargaining agreement. 

Gaines' draft position indicates his contract is worth $2,327,627 over four years, per salary cap numbers from NFL contract analysis site overthecap.com. Sam and other seventh-round selections can expect to make the rookie minimum of $2,270,496 over four years.  

"With the new rookie cap and everything, it's really not difficult to get the deals done," Rams coach Jeff Fisher said at practice this week.

The two must make the team's 53-man roster to see the majority of those dollars, though. Ninety players are on the team's roster and have been practicing at Rams Park the past two weeks. 

Gaines and Sam join two other former Tigers in St. Louis. Tim Barnes, a center who has seen increased playing time during the team's offseason training activities, is entering his third year on the team's active roster. Receiver T.J. Moe signed with the team May 5 after being released by the New England Patriots following an injury-ravaged rookie year. 

Supervising editor is Raymond Howze.


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