The Rams may not be the NFL’s best team, but they’re beginning to put together a young nucleus on defense. First, it was locking up defensive end Chris Long long-term, and now St. Louis has signed middle linebacker James Laurinaitis to a five-year contract extension. ESPN‘s Adam Schefter was the first to report the deal via Twitter—here are more details, courtesy of Michael David Smith at Pro Football Talk:
James Laurinaitis will remain in St. Louis for many more years. Laurinaitis, a linebacker who has been with the Rams since they selected him in the second round of the 2009 NFL draft, has signed a five-year contract extension, the team announced today. The extension adds five years beyond the 2012 season, which was the last year of his rookie contract, which means he is now under contract to the team through the 2017 season. According to Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $41.5 million, with $23.5 million guaranteed. Laurinaitis has started all 16 games in all three of his seasons in St. Louis, and now the Rams have ensured that he’ll remain in place through the prime years of his career.