Rumors that the St. Louis Rams were being sold have been rampant the past couple of years, raising concerns that the franchise would end its recent sad-sack run with a move out of town.
The Rams announced Thursday that its majority owners have indeed agreed to sell their stake, but to a potential buyer within driving distance – and one who doesn’t want to relocate the once-proud franchise.
If approved by a 75 percent vote of NFL owners, Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, the children of the late Rams owner Georgia Frontiere, will sell their 60 percent stake to Shahid Khan, a 55-year-old president of an auto parts manufacturer, Flex-N-Gate, in Urbana, Ill.
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One of the worst defensive seasons in New York Giants history claimed another victim – middle linebacker Antonio Pierce. The Giants released the 31-year-old veteran who quarterbacked the defense for the past five years in a tenure that included four trips to the playoffs and a Super Bowl victory. … The Jacksonville Jaguars released seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Torry Holt, three-time Pro Bowl left tackle Tra Thomas and defensive tackle Rob Meier. … The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to a contract extension with wide receiver Brian Finneran.