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Rams sign Countess, five exclusive rights free agents

With the start of the offseason program on Monday, the Rams have signed restricted free agent safety Blake Countess and the team's five tendered exclusive rights free agents.

As a RFA, Countess was tendered at the original-round level in March but did not receive an offer sheet on the open market. He signed his one-year contract on Monday.

Exclusive-rights free agents defensive end Morgan Fox, defensive back Dominique Hatfield, wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge, returner JoJo Natson, and defensive back Kevin Peterson all signed their one-year deals on Monday.

Of the group, both Fox and Peterson are returning from season-ending knee injuries suffered during the 2018 offseason program and 2018 training camp, respectively.

Natson was Los Angeles' primary punt returner last year, before also assuming kick return duties late in the season. Natson averaged 10.8 yards per punt return and 18.0 yards per kick return.

Hatfield appeared in 10 2018 games, and Hodge appeared in 14 — with both mainly playing special teams. Hodge did make a pair of receptions for 17 yards.

Head coach Sean McVay is scheduled to address the media at noon on Monday to start the Rams' offseason program.

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