Tuesday, September 7, 2004
Deal contingent on passing physical
By Len Pasquarelli ESPN.com
Despite the fact Jason Sehorn missed all of training camp and the preseason, the St. Louis Rams, seeking late reinforcements for their secondary, apparently still feel the 10-year veteran can make a contribution to the injury depleted unit.
Sehorn on Tuesday night agreed to rejoin the Rams, for whom he played in 2003, ESPN.com has learned, and he will sign a one-year contract on Wednesday if he passes the team physical exam. The deal includes a base salary of $760,000, the minimum for a player of Sehorn's NFL tenure.
The former New York Giants star arrived in St. Louis on Tuesday evening, after several days of discussions with Rams officials.
If he passes the physical -- not a sure thing, given that Sehorn missed the first six games of 2003 with a broken foot, an injury that troubled him throughout the season -- he will become the second veteran defensive back added by the Rams this week. On Sunday, St. Louis signed former San Francisco safety Zack Bronson.
It is not yet clear how the Rams will use Sehorn. The team is thin at cornerback, where he played much of his career, but Sehorn was primarily used at safety in '03. There is some feeling the Rams might consider moving free safety Aeneas Williams back to the corner, the position at which he carved out a potential Hall of Fame career.
Most teams, including the Rams, assumed during the offseason that Sehorn would retire. There was some interest from Carolina, which attempted to sign Sehorn last year, earlier in the spring, but he basically dropped off the free agent radar screen after that. Once St. Louis officials called, Sehorn took a few days to deliberate and to get his off-field affairs in order.
Sehorn, 33, was one of the NFL's premier athletes in his prime. Originally chosen by the Giants in the second round of the 1994 draft, the former Southern Cal star played in New York until being released last spring for salary cap considerations.
He signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Rams and played in 10 games, with three starts, totaling 18 tackles and four passes defensed.
In 10 seasons, Sehorn has appeared in 117 games and started in 76. He has 436 tackles, 19 interceptions and 86 passes defensed.
Len Pasquarelli is a senior NFL writer for ESPN.com.