"It's going to be an exciting transition," Laurinaitis told 710
Scrap those plans.
On Friday, the Rams released Laurinaitis, defensive end
"This is the time of year when all
The Rams will utilize the extra funds as they try to retain many players set to become free agents.
Laurinaitis was a cornerstone for a defense that was regarded as the strength of a team that finished 7-9 last season. He recorded more than 100 tackles every season since the team chose the former Ohio State star in the second round of the 2009 draft.
"After seven unforgettable seasons with the St. Louis Rams, I am saddened that my time with the team has come to an end," Laurinaitis posted on Instagram. "I would like to thank the Rams organization for giving me the opportunity to live out my dream of playing in the NFL! I am forever grateful for the time I spent playing alongside my incredible teammates who have become brothers and lifelong friends…. While it is difficult to close this chapter of my career, I look forward to the journey ahead and what the future holds in store for me and my family. I can't wait to play football. Thank you!"
Long, who played in college at Virginia, was the second pick in the 2008 draft. The son of pro football Hall of Famer Howie Long has 54 1/2 career sacks but has been plagued by injuries the last two seasons.
"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," Fisher said. "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."
Cook played four seasons under Fisher with the
"It's been a pleasure watching him grow from the time I drafted him in Tennessee to seeing him set franchise records in St. Louis," Fisher said. "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."
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