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Rams | Baker says he was not given an offer

Jim Thomas, of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, reports free agent P Jason Baker (Panthers) said reports of him being too expensive for the St. Louis Rams are not true. Baker said his meeting with Rams' head coach Scott Linehan went well. Baker said he was chagrined to learn that the Rams were going with P Matt Turk, with the implication that Baker's contract demands were beyond what the Rams were willing to pay. "There was never even an offer presented," Baker said. "Literally, there was no negotiation. I went over there with the intent of leaving a Ram. But I was never even given an opportunity to say 'yes' or 'no' to anything. All I got was a steak and had a doctor poke me a couple times. According to Baker, the Rams kind of floated the idea of Baker playing for the minimum. But given the fact that Baker led the NFC in net punting in 2005, and the fact that he had a $1 million-a-year offer on the table from the Carolina Panthers, Baker thought the Rams were joking. Apparently they weren't.

2006-03-24 05:48:53 | Source:

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