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Rams Match Offer For Butler

The Redskins learned late Thursday night that the St. Louis Rams have decided to match Washington's contract offer for restricted free agent cornerback Jerametrius Butler.

The Redskins offered Butler a contract last Friday, giving the Rams one week to match, according to NFL rules.

The Rams consider Butler, a third-year pro out of Kansas State and a speedy cover corner, to be a young, up-and-coming defensive back and decided to retain him on their roster.

The 5-10, 181-pounder logged four interceptions and 64 tackles last year in St. Louis.

If the Redskins had obtained Butler, they would have surrendered to the Rams a fifth-round selection in the 2004 NFL Draft. But the Redskins now retain the pick, one of two selections the team currently have in the draft. (The other is a first-round pick, fifth overall.)

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