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Rams, William Hayes reach deal

Robert Griffin III

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III (10) runs with the ball against St. Louis Rams defensive end William Hayes (95) during the third quarter of an NFL football game against the St. Louis Rams Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)


The Rams are keeping one of their top pass rushers from a season ago.

According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams and defensive end William Hayes have reached a contract agreement.

Hayes recorded a career-high seven sacks for St. Louis in 2012, third-most on the club behind Chris Long and Robert Quinn.

The 27-year-old Hayes was No. 54 on PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100. He was a fourth-round pick of Tennessee in 2008 and played four years for the Titans before joining St. Louis last season.