Wohlabaugh Makes a Home in St. Louis

Ever since free agency began, the NFL has been dominated by a strange nomadic culture. Stadium warriors travel from city-to-city, selling themselves to the highest bidder. Still, some of these athletes may feel something special when facing a former team. Mike McLain talks to two of them, Ryan Tucker and Dave Wohlabaugh, who have traded cities and were briefly teammates, in tonight's Berea report.

BEREA - St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz seems to be pleased with the production he's received from center Dave Wohlabaugh.

Wohlabaugh was waived by the Browns in the last offseason as part of cost-cutting measures. Also let go at the same time were linebackers Dwayne Rudd, Earl Holmes, Darren Hambrick and Jamir Miller and cornerback Corey Fuller.

"We had some transition on the offensive line, and we felt with Dave's quickness he would allow us to do some things to get the linebackers," Martz said. "We liked him in pass protection. He's very athletic, experienced and quick. He's very intelligent. He's picked up what we do very well. He's great in the locker room. He's one of those guys that looks out for his neighbor."


TUCKER FACES OLD TEAM: Browns offensive tackle Ryan Tucker isn't getting carried away with excitement at the prospect of facing his former employer. Tucker played five seasons with the Rams before signing with the Browns in 2002.

"It's special, but I'm not going to go in over-hyped or anything," Tucker said. "I'm just going to do what I've been doing, and hopefully we can win. I do have a lot of friends there. There are some people that I care a lot about, but I'm here now."

Martz indicated that he wanted to retain Tucker's services. However, the Rams didn't have enough salary-cap space at the time to compete with the Browns.

"He was a terrific guy for us," Martz said. "We just couldn't afford him at the time. We were trying to re-sign players. We didn't know who we could re-sign. He got a little anxious. He got a great deal of money in Cleveland, and we weren't in a position to do that at that time.

"We had too many free agents at that time. We were trying to sort it out. It was tough to lose him. He was a favorite here. He always played very well for us. We miss him."


BEASLEY EMERGES: Offensive lineman Chad Beasley will start at left guard for a second straight week. Beasley, who's highly regarded by the coaches, graded out second best among offensive linemen last week.


MONDAY NIGHT ORIGIN: The Browns hosted the first-ever Monday Night Football game Sept. 21, 1970, against the New York Jets. The Browns won, 31-21, sparked by Homer Jones' return of the second-half kick off for a touchdown.


RAMS INJURY REPORT: Listed as questionable for the Rams is linebacker Courtland Bullard (ankle). Probables are safety Rich Coady (groin), linebacker Scott Shanle (hamstring) and linebacker Pisa Tinoisamosa (pelvis).

 


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