Rams sign Laurinaitis to extension
ST. LOUIS (AP)
When defensive end Chris Long got a four-year extension on the first day of training camp, the team said Laurinaitis was also a priority. The Rams announced the deal on their Twitter feed Saturday, saying the team was ''thrilled to announce'' the signing.
Laurinaitis, a second-round pick in 2009 out of Ohio State, has led the Rams in tackles all three of his seasons with double-digit totals every year. He's been durable, too, starting every game.
He has five career sacks and three interceptions.
''I've learned a lot, played a lot,'' Laurinaitis said during training camp. ''Every year I've just tried to get a little bit better, make fewer and fewer mistakes and be accountable.''
Laurinaitis is 10 pounds lighter this season, reporting for training camp at 242 pounds, to better handle pass-defending duties in Fisher's system. In his first three seasons, Laurinaitis needed a bigger body to fend of blocks from linemen.
In the offseason, he worked with a nutritionist that provided calorie counts for foods.
''Now, a lot of it is flowing,'' Laurinaitis said during camp. ''Strength has gone up, just a lot more running and functional trainilng.''
Fisher has referred to Laurinaitis as a ''captain of the defense.''