LOS ANGELES (KTVI)-The Los Angeles Rams have released LB James Laurinaitis, DE Chris Long, and TE Jared Cook, all well-known players during the team’s tenure In St. Louis.
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) February 19, 2016
Rams save about $24 million salary cap space by releasing Long, Laurinaitis and Cook.
— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) February 19, 2016
Chris Long took to Instagram to express his thoughts and thank fans. (Warning: Strong Language)
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Just heard that I'm about to be unemployed. I just want to personally and humbly thank the city of St. Louis again for all your support over 8 years. I love y'all so much for sticking with me through the ups and downs. I also want to thank our LA fans, and although I may never join you in SoCal, just know that I'll always appreciate you. Bottom line is- this is a production business. 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. Wishing it shook out differently but eternally grateful, C Long
Laurinaitis was drafted in the second round of the 2009 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams. He led the team in tackles in his first four seasons and reached the 100 tackle mark in each of his seven seasons in the league. Long was drafted second overall by the Rams in 2008 out of the University of Virginia. He started 95 of 114 games over his career, and notched more than 300 tackles and 54.5 sacks. Cook joined the Rams as a free agent during the 2013 offseason. In his first season with the Rams, he set franchise records for most receiving yards by a tight end both in a single season (2013) and in a single game, 141 yards on September 8, 2013 against Arizona.