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Palardy, Smelley Signed to Futures Contract

Myles Simmons
Rams Insider
Palardy, Smelley

The Rams have added tight end Brad Smelley and punter Michael Palardy to their offseason roster with futures contracts.
Smelley spent the 2014 season on the Rams’ practice squad. The 6-foot-2 tight end out of Alabama began his second stint with the Rams when he was signed on Aug. 11, and was signed to the practice squad on Sept. 3, following St. Louis’ reduction to a 53-man roster.

Palardy was on the Raiders’ practice squad in 2014, following a successful college career at Tennessee. There, Palardy excelled as both a kicker and punter in his senior season, converting 14-of-17 field goal attempts and making 63 punts — including 33 inside the 20, a mark that tied for the FBS lead. View Tennessee Highlights. With the futures contract, the two players are now a part of the Rams’ organization even though the 2015 league year does not officially begin until March.