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Holt Released; Rams Say So Long to Long-Time WR

Torry Holt
In an expected move, today the Rams said good-bye to another former number one draft choice, as the team released wide receiver Torry Holt. It’s the second first-round pick to be released by the team this past week, as the team also released OT Orlando Pace.

Holt had been asking to be traded or released, and the team seemed happy to oblige. He was due a $1.25 million roster bonus on March 17th and his release clears $8 million in cap space for the Rams.

He won’t be on the free agent market very long, as even at 32, he still has gas in the tank and will be a help to some team out there. Last season he had 64 catches for 796 yards and three touchdowns.

“The Rams will forever be grateful for the way Torry Holt represented the Rams on the field and in the community,” owner Chip Rosenbloom said. “Over the past 10 seasons Torry has proven himself to be one of the finest wide receivers in league history. This is a difficult decision because Torry has meant so much to the organization.”

Holt ranks 11th in league history with 869 receptions and 14th with 12,660 receiving yards. His 80.1 yards-per-game career receiving average is the best in NFL history.

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3 Responses to “Holt Released; Rams Say So Long to Long-Time WR”

  1. Jeremy says:

    Can someone explain to me why we weren’t able to trade Holt? Even for a 4th or 5th rounder? Was it his salary that was off putting to other teams? Or his Bonus upcoming on Tuesday? I don’t get why it was better to straight up cut Pace and Holt vs getting ANY kind of pick for them, 7th 8th rounder?

  2. Eric nagel says:

    It was his salary. Plus teams new that the Rams had to release him or trade him for Salary Cap issues, so they decided to wait it out so they don’t have to give up any picks.

  3. Jeff Roman says:

    Exactly right Eric. Every team could wait until Holt was released to sign him to a cap friendly deal without giving up picks.

    The Rams had no leverage in this situation, especially after Holt asked for his release.

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