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The St. Louis Rams are quietly reloading and repositioning themselves to become a factor again in the NFC west.

NFL.com is reporting that the Rams and linebacker James Laurinaitis have agreed to a new five-year extension worth $41.5 million.

The deal would keep the 2009 second-round pick under contract until the 2017 season. $23 million of the deal is guaranteed.

Laurinaitis has started all 48 career games since being drafted out of Ohio State, and has been a solid tackling machine over that span.

The Rams now have their two best defensive players locked up for the future with the extension of Chris Long earlier this summer.

Glenn Erby is a NFL writer for FootBasket. He also owns the NFL blog, Tha Cover 2. You can read more about him over there. Follow him on Twitter @thacover2.


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