Rams working to bring back Mark Clayton

The St. Louis Rams got only a brief glimpse at Mark Clayton last season but it was enough to know they would like him around for the long haul.

The club has held discussions about re-signing the veteran wide receiver and it’s possible a deal gets done before the lockout date of March 4, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

“We've had dialogue with Mark really since the time he got here," Kevin Demoff, the Rams' executive vice president for football operations, told Thomas. "He came on a one-year deal. We've had good discussions and we'll continue to have discussions with Mark and his agent throughout.

"He's certainly a candidate to get an extension done before the deadline. But if he doesn't, that wouldn't change our opinion on wanting him back."

The Rams picked Clayton up in a trade with the Baltimore Ravens prior to the start of the season. He made a quick impact with rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. He caught 22 passes for 300 yards and two touchdowns in the first four games and then suffered a patellar tendon injury in his knee.

Clayton has been rehabbing and the expectation is he will be fully ready in advance of training camp. The question is whether he’ll be going to camp with the Rams.

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