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Rams sign defensive end Jay Williams

ST. LOUIS (March 30, 2005) -- Defensive end Jay Williams, who broke in with the Rams when they were in Los Angeles 11 years ago, is returning to the team.

The Rams announced they've signed the 33-year-old Williams to a three-year contract. The deal includes a $300,000 signing bonus.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Williams spent six seasons with the Rams, then two with Carolina and three with Miami. In 137 career games, including 31 starts, he has 255 tackles, 23 1/2 sacks, four forced fumbles and two interceptions.

He was released by the Dolphins in February.

The signing is expected to add depth at defensive end, a position in some turmoil.

Last season's sack leader, Bryce Fisher, left St. Louis, signing a four-year contract with Seattle. Leonard Little is in the middle of a legal issue.

The Rams plan to use second-year player Anthony Hargrove as a starter, and the signing of Williams provides some insurance if Little is unavailable.

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