Rams executive VP of football operations and chief operating officer Kevin Demoff said in a chat on the team's website that St. Louis has started to talk to MLB James Laurinaitis and DE Chris Long about contract extensions.
Long, a first-round pick by the team in 2008, has his five-year rookie deal ending at the end of the 2012 season and Laurinaitis, a second-round pick in '09, has his four-year rookie deal also ending at the end of the season. Both players are considered to be core defenders on a young, rebuilding team.
According to Demoff, both are priorities to re-sign so that they don't become free agents.
"We have been focused on clearing up our salary-cap situation over the past few years to make sure in 2013 we had the available space to re-sign our key core young players, such as Long and Laurinaitis," Demoff replied to a question regarding the contract status of the two players. "We're in the process of starting initial conversations with both players, and I'm optimistic that both will wear the horns for years to come. We have plenty of cap room in 2013 and the plan is to re-sign both of them."