Dome Improvement: Brown Signs With Rams

In a move speculated since Friday morning, first reported on the team's official website and later confirmed on, the St. Louis Rams, Seattle's key division rival, have signed free agent kicker Josh Brown to a contract. Terms are undisclosed at this time. Brown is scheduled to finalize the deal on Friday night.

KJR-AM radio host Dave "Softy" Mahler was able to confirm on Friday morning that Brown, who is a five-year pro, would not return to Seattle in 2008 and that the Seahawks had put an offer on the table that would have made him the highest paid kicker in the league, but the former Nebraska Cornhusker turned them down.

Brown was drafted by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2003 NFL Draft and he's been a mainstay at or near the top of the NFC scoring leaders ever since.

From a scoring standpoint, Brown had his best season in 2007, posting 127 point and finished seventh in the league in that category, but he struggled with his accuracy early in the season.

In 2004, his second season as a pro, Brown hit 23 of 25 field goals (92%), but it was Seattle's 2005 Super Bowl run that put Brown on the map as one of the most clutch kickers in the NFL when he won five games on last-second field goals.

The Rams needed a kicker after veteran Jeff Wilkins retired in a surprise annoucement Friday morning. Brown will now kick at least half of his games in a domed stadium, which one assumes was a key point behind his resistance to a return to Seattle.

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