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Rams give kicker Wilkins a four-year extension

The Rams on Wednesday used the bye week to start looking ahead to next season, reaching a four-year extension with kicker Jeff Wilkins, who was one of five key players who could become free agents after the season.

Wilkins, 33, is in his 13th season and is one of the best placekickers in the NFL. He was scheduled to make $1.375 million this year. He's been with the Rams for nine years and will now be locked up contractually through 2009.

During his career, he's made 235 of 288 field goals, an 81.6 percent accuracy rate that is one of the best among active players. He's only missed three extra points during his career.

This season, he's 11 of 13 on field-goal kicks this season and has scored 56 points. Terms of the deal weren't immediately known.