Rams sign free agent QB Feeley
The St. Louis Rams have signed free agent A.J. Feeley as part of
what could be a big shakeup at the quarterback position.
Terms of the deal announced Saturday were not disclosed, but
media reports said Feeley got a two-year contract.
Feeley, who turns 33 in May, was a backup for Carolina in 2009.
In 10 seasons he has completed 372 of 665 passes for 4,070 yards,
27 touchdowns and 29 interceptions. His lifetime quarterback rating
Feeley was drafted by the Eagles in the fifth round out of
Oregon in 2001, and spent his early career in Philadelphia at a
time when Andy Reid’s staff included Steve Spagnuolo as a defensive
assistant and Pat Shurmur as an offensive coach. Spagnuolo is now
head coach of the Rams, and Shurmur is offensive coordinator.
“A.J. has an understanding of our offensive system and will be
a valuable addition for our team,” Spagnuolo said.
How valuable is to be determined because the quarterback
situation in St. Louis couldn’t be more unsettled after the Rams
went a league-worst 1-15 in Spagnuolo’s first season. Starter Marc
Bulger and backup Kyle Boller may not be back. The Rams’ short list
of candidates for the No. 1 overall pick includes two quarterbacks
– Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Jimmy Clausen of Notre Dame.
They also have Keith Null, a third-string rookie forced to start
four games at the end of the 2009 season due to injuries to Bulger
and Boller. That means Feeley could end up being anything from a
starter until one of the younger quarterbacks is ready to a backup
to a third-stringer.
“I have a great deal of respect for coach Spagnuolo and coach
Shurmur and I’m looking forward to working with them again in
whatever capacity it might be,” Feeley said.
Feeley has spent most of his career as a backup, starting 15
games and appearing in 23. He started the final five games of the
2002 season for the Eagles after injuries to Donovan McNabb and Koy
Detmer, and won four of those games, helping the Eagles earn
home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
He was traded to Miami for a second-round draft pick before the
2004 season and started eight games for the Dolphins. He was traded
to San Diego midway through the 2005 season, re-signed with
Philadelphia in 2006, and was a backup for Carolina last
Feeley hasn’t thrown a pass in a regular-season game since
The Rams also announced the re-signing of safety Craig Dahl, who
started 10 games and was fifth on the team with 71 tackles. He had
two sacks and recovered two fumbles.