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News » St. Louis Rams Inside Slant 2009-02-28


St. Louis Rams Inside Slant 2009-02-28


St. Louis Rams Inside Slant 2009-02-28
Earlier this week, Rams general manager Billy Devaney said any moves the team makes as free agency approaches would have more to do with football decisions than salary-cap considerations.


Wednesday, that was made clear with the release of wide receiver Drew Bennett. That decision sends a strong message that non-producers won't be tolerated, that toughness and passion is what this organization is seeking.

In retrospect, it's difficult to fathom that in 2007, there were those that believed Bennett would be an adequate replacement for Kevin Curtis and then Isaac Bruce. Bennett was famous for being injured and hardly producing on the field.

Still, there was the belief by some that he might stick around this year because he counts as much against the cap off the roster as he would have on the roster. But it's a mistake sometimes to think only with the cap in mind. It's important to consider the actual dollars spent and decide whether it's worth it.

Bennett now counts $5 million in dead money against the cap. On the roster, he would have counted $5.05 million. However, on the roster, he would have been paid another $3.8 million, which includes a $500,000 roster bonus that was due soon.

The Rams decided not to pay any more money to a player that would have hardly set an example for the attitude new coach Steve Spagnuolo wants in his team.

The question now is what will become of Torry Holt. If Holt is traded or released, the team's receiving corps will be bereft of a veteran presence pending other potential moves. Holt is due a $1.25 million roster bonus around the middle of March, so a decision has to come by then.

Holt counts $10.2 million against the cap on the roster, and the Rams would save $8 million in cap and actual dollars if he is released or traded.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: February 28, 2009

Torry Holt Name: Torry Holt
#81
Position: WR
Age: 32
Experience: 10 years
College: North Carolina State
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