Rams Sign Boller

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ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams decided on a backup quarterback Saturday, signing Kyle Boller to a free-agent contract.

The 27-year-old Boller spent all of last season, his sixth with the Baltimore Ravens, on injured reserve with a shoulder injury sustained in the second preseason game. He was Baltimore's first-round pick in the 2003 draft, and the 19th overall selection.

"We are happy to add Kyle to our roster," new coach Steve Spagnuolo said in a statement. "We feel that he'll be a valuable addition to our team."

The 6-3, 220-pound Boller is 10 years younger than Gus Frerotte, the player the Rams had been negotiating with to return. Frerotte was released with one year to go on a three-year contract before last season, then was 8-3 as the starter with the Vikings.

Boller started 42 games over five seasons with the Ravens and holds the franchise record with 7,846 yards with 45 touchdown passes and 44 interceptions. Inconsistent play led to the Ravens taking another quarterback, Joe Flacco, in the first round last year.

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