Rams sign Laurinaitis to 5-year extension

Rams sign Laurinaitis to 5-year extension

St. Louis Rams linebacker James Laurinaitis celebrates after stopping Washington Redskins running back Clinton Portis for a three-yard loss during the first quarter of an NFL football game Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

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Posted on September 8, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Updated Saturday, Sep 8 at 7:29 PM

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- St. Louis Rams middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, one of key pieces in new coach Jeff Fisher's rebuilding plan, has signed a five-year contract extension.

When defensive end Chris Long got a multiyear 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.

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