Rams sign ex-Giant Sehorn

Tuesday, May 20, 2003

ST. LOUIS -- Jason Sehorn and Mike Martz, once bitter rivals, are now on the same team.

The St. Louis Rams announced Monday they have signed Sehorn, 31, to a one-year contract. Terms were not disclosed.

Sehorn was released in March by the New York Giants after spending all of his nine seasons with the team. He was due to make $4.3 million next season and would have received a $1 million roster bonus if he had not been released.

Sehorn, who played cornerback in New York, will move to free safety in St. Louis.

"I think Jason will be a tremendous addition to our defense," said Martz, the Rams' coach.

The two have feuded in the past. After the high-scoring Rams were held to 15 points but beat New York 15-14 in 2001, Martz said, "We threw the ball all over the lot against the Giants. I'd like to line up against Jason Sehorn every day of the week."

Last season, Sehorn got revenge, intercepting a Kurt Warner pass and returning it 31 yards for a touchdown to help the Giants beat the Rams.

Sehorn is a former second-round draft pick out of Southern California in 1994. He had a combined 11 interceptions in 1996 and 1997, but he seriously injured his right knee and missed the 1998 season.

Still, the Rams noted that Sehorn led the Giants in passes defended for the past three seasons, including 14 in 2002.

Sehorn's agent, Kyle Rote Jr., did not immediately return a phone call seeking details of the contract.

Sehorn has started 73 of his 107 NFL games, including five last season. He has 422 career tackles, 19 interceptions, 10 fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

The Rams are trying to regroup after a 7-9 season, their first losing season since 1998.

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