Orlando Pace ends holdout, signs with Rams

Sept. 6, 2004 at 6:03 PM

ST. LOUIS, Sept. 6 (UPI) -- Offensive tackle Orlando Pace signed a one-year, $7.02 million contract with the St. Louis Rams on Monday to end his holdout.

Pace, a 28-year-old five-time Pro Bowl selection and former No. 1 overall pick, has held out two straight years after being franchised by the club. He has been seeking a lucrative long-term contract.

Pace, who began practice Monday, has started 73 consecutive games for the Rams. He is expected to start Sunday's season opener against Arizona.

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