The St. Louis, err Los Angels, Rams have added some interesting names to the free agent market this week as the team announced they have released LB James Laurinaitis, DE Chris Long, and TE Jared Cook. They save more than $20 million against the cap with these moves.
Long is a 2008 first round pick, the second overall pick. He has been a good player but said in an Instagram post his last two years have been "shit".
"No excuses, the last two years have been shit. It's been painful to experience because I care deeply about my performance and my responsibility to my teammates. Before the last two years I'm very proud of what I was able to accomplish in St. Louis. I'm not surprised, but it doesn't make it any easier to leave your family. I look forward to the next chapter. Hungry and a lot to prove all over again. First I'm gonna have a beer."
Sounds like a cool guy. And, oh hey, the Chiefs could use a defensive lineman. I'm not sure how Long translates to the 3-4 defense though. He's 6'3 and 268 pounds. Still, a good player is a good player.
Laurinaitis is a 2008 second round pick who played middle linebacker for the Rams. If the Chiefs were getting rid of DJ - he says he wants to come back - I imagine they would be going younger. Meanwhile, Cook is a 2009 third round pick who played tight end. The Chiefs could always use more tight end competition but I think they like their three players there now (Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris and James O'Shaughnessy).