11/30/2011 1:53 PM - JACKSONVILLE – The ArenaBowl XXIV Champion Jacksonville Sharks announced Wednesday that wide receiver John Chiles has been placed on the AFL’s “Other League Exempt” list. Chiles has signed a contract with the National Football League’s St. Louis Rams and will join the team’s practice squad.

The 23-year-old Chiles (6’2”, 215) had been assigned to the Sharks’ 2012 roster in early October. He has not appeared in a game for the Sharks. Chiles attended the University of Texas, where he caught 65 passes for 752 yards and four touchdowns in his time with the Longhorns.

Chiles becomes the second player with Sharks ties to join the NFL in recent weeks. Fellow wideout Jamarko Simmons, who hauled in 27 receptions for 295 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Sharks this past season, signed with the New York Jets in late October.

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