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Rams Sign Stephen Davis to 1 Year, $850K Deal

The Rams just added an aging superstar to their running back corps and at a bargain basement price.

The St. Louis Rams found a veteran backup running back who can help their workhorse Steven Jackson when they agreed to a one-year, $850,000 contract with running back Stephen Davis on Friday.

The deal includes a $40,000 signing bonus and a minimum base salary of $810,000. Barring complications, the contract should be made official Friday, and Davis, a 10-year veteran, will begin practicing with the Rams for their Sept. 10 regular-season opener.

Davis, 32, was released by the Carolina Panthers on March 1 in a salary cap-related move that could also be attributed to Davis’ history of chronic knee problems. The move saved Carolina nearly $3 million against the cap.

They got a steal, in my book. If he can play even eight games at 80 percent of capacity, he’s cheap by NFL standards. And, if he can’t, the team can cut him with negligible cap impact.

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