With its franchise moving from St. Louis to Los Angeles, the Rams also made known of their intention to free their salary cap to lure prospective free agents after cutting three of its veteran players.
The Rams made headlines when they cut linebacker James Laurinaitis, defensive end Chris Long and tight end Jared Cook.
With the cut, the Rams are reported to save up to roughly $66 million for the coming season, giving the team the much needed salary spending cap to land some blockbuster deals.
Rams headcoach Jeff Fisher in a statement released from the team’s website stated that this is the time when all NFL teams face difficult decisions regarding veteran players.
“Chris and James are the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league and it’s been an honor to coach them both. They’ve been the pillars of our defense for many years and not enough can be said of their love for the game and for their teammates. Beyond the field, they took pride in mentoring the younger players and doing their part to make a real difference in the St. Louis community. We will always be grateful for James and Chris’ unselfish commitment to the Rams and wish them the best moving forward,” Fisher said.
He also was all praise for Jared Cook, who joined the team in 2013 from the Tennessee Titans, and immediately made an impact with the team. As a Ram, Cook has a record of 142 receptions for 1,786 yards and eight touchdowns.
“It’s been a pleasure watching him (Jared) grow from the time I drafted him in Tennessee to seeing him set franchise records in St. Louis. Like Chris and James, he’s been a mainstay in the community and his contributions are commendable. We hope for the best for Jared and his family as he embarks on the next steps of his career,” Fisher added.
Laurinaitis was drafted in the second round and 35th overall during the 2009 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He led the team in tackles and in September 2015, he made a career tackle of 916 surpassing Hall of Famer and 14-time Pro Bowler Merlin Olsen to become the all-time leading tackler in the franchise history.
On the other hand, Long was a long time Ram, having been drafted second overall by the team back in 2008 out of the University of Virginia. With the team he has a total of 246 tackles, 54.5 sacks and eight forced fumbles.
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