Rams Acquire G Loverne From WashingtonRams Nation's Staff Writer
ST. LOUIS, MO -- The St. Louis Rams have acquired G David Loverne and a 2003 fourth round draft selection from the Washington Redskins in exchange for RB Trung Candiate, the team announced today.
Loverne, 6-3, 299, originally entered the league as a third round draft selection by the New York Jets in 1999 (90th overall). The Jets traded Loverne to Washington prior to the 2002 season for an undisclosed draft pick.
A fourth-year offensive lineman from San Jose State, Loverne played in 15 games in 2002, starting 11 at guard for the first time of his career. In both 2000 and 2001 Loverne played in all 16 contests for New York after being designated a gameday inactive for all 16 games in the 1999 season.
"He is one of the guys, when we look at him on tape, that is a very physical player," Rams' Head Coach Mike Martz said of Loverne. "He will fit into the scheme of things for us very well."
Canidate, the Rams' first round selection in the 2000 NFL Draft (31st overall), has played in 36 contests, starting three, rushing 98 times for 495 yards with six touchdowns. The Arizona product has also made 22 receptions for 189 yards, returned 43 kickoffs for a 21.7-yard average and a long of 53, and made nine special teams tackles.
In other Rams' roster moves, the team also announced that it extended the contract of T Grant Williams for three years, tendered contracts to restricted free agents T John St. Clair and DT Brian Young, and re-signed exclusive rights free agents LB Kole Ayi, QB Marc Bulger, RB J.R. Niklos, S Nick Sorensen, and CB James Whitley.
Williams, a sixth-year player from Louisiana Tech, played in five games for the Rams in 2002, starting three, before fracturing his fibula and dislocating his left ankle vs. Oakland 10/13, forcing him to be placed on the reserve/injured list on 10/14. Williams was acquired from the New England Patriots in a trade for an undisclosed draft pick in August of 2002.
"The signifigance of Grant Williams is that he can play both tackle positions," said Martz. "We feel comfortable with him starting on either side."