Posted: September 28, 12:30 p.m. CDT
James Baron, a member of the original Nashville Kats, is returning to the resurrected franchise, acquired in a trade with the Chicago Rush Tuesday, according to the Arena Football League Web site. Head coach Pat Sperduto will officially announce the trade in a 2 p.m. press conference at the Coliseum.
To obtain Baron, a six-time All-Arena Football League lineman, the Kats give up its first-, second- and third-round picks in Wednesday's AFL expansion draft, along with future considerations.
Baron, who resides in Nashville, is the first player the Kats have signed for the 2005 season, which begins in January.
Baron, a former AFL Lineman of the Year (1998 and 2001) and Defensive Player of the Year (1999), spent the last three season's with the Rush, recording 45 tackles and 10 sacks, and helped turn the Rush defensive line into one of the most feared units in the AFL.
Previous to his time in Chicago, Baron spent his first five seasons in the AFL as a member of the Kats. When the Nashville franchise was sold and moved to Georgia after the 2001 season, Baron signed a free agent contract with the Rush.
Baron has never missed a game in his eight-year AFL career, playing in 131 consecutive games. He has recorded 104.5 career tackles and ranks fifth in AFL history with 36.5 career sacks.
- From staff reports