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Rams Trade For Safety Kevin Payne

The Rams traded an undisclosed 2011 draft pick to the Chicago Bears for safety Kevin Payne.

It is easy to try to equate this move with a problem with the Rams ability to re-sign OJ Atogwe, but Brian Stull was told that was not the case.  Payne is not really a true free safety, so he would not even be a straight replacement for Atogwe.  Payne is more of a run support hard hitting safety.

Jeff Dickerson of ESPNChicago.com has a quick scouting report on Payne.

Although he still finished his sophomore season with 129 tackles and four interceptions, Payne’s limitations when dropping back in coverage became evident. … Payne is a decent player — he can really deliver a hit –– but St. Louis must find a way to utilize his strengths, something the Bears at times failed to do.


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