Orlando Pace Released By St. Louis Rams

Today the St. Louis Rams lost another piece of their (GSOT) Greatest Show on Turf glory years. The “Big-O” Seven-time pro bowl tackle and Super Bowl champion Orlando Pace was released by the Rams today. This was actually a classy move on the Rams part, as well as being a good business move. From the business side the move will save the Rams $5.975 million against the 2009 salary cap. On the classy side the Rams did not owe Orlando a roster bonus this year and he was under contract so they could have drug this out for a few months. Now Pace will have a chance to sign with another NFL team prior to the 2009 NFL Draft. Could Pace reunite with Kurt Warner out in Arizona?

For the fans the writing was on the wall. The Rams have a new front office, and coaching staff, and are coming off a dreadful 2-14 2008 season. Steve Spagnuolo is going to try to make the Rams a power offensive and defensive team, and that means getting younger, stronger, faster and hungrier. Some sacrifices will have to be made for them to accomplish their goals. The Rams already said they would  not invited Pace or Holt to participate in the team’s off season strength and conditioning program which starts next week. In addition Torry Holt is already all but out the door. Put this together and you knew in your heart that Pace was on his way out. For fans this is unfair, hopefully soon the NFL will find a way to allow teams to keep their franchise stars like Orlando Pace, Brian Dawkins, etc.

The scary thing from today’s news could be what Billy Devaney had to say. Devaney on KSLG said Alex Barron will be moved from right tackle to left tackle immediately and they will take a long look at Jacob Bell, as the right tackle. OUCH, let’s hope that is the Grey Goose talking. Granted there is not much he can say at the moment, the Rams are in need of more linemen. It’s only March so let’s see what happens.

So with Pace gone, are the Rams 100% sold on a Left Tackle in the 2009 NFL Draft? Is Michael Crabtree back in the running with Torry Holt on his way out in the next week? What will the Rams do with the 14 million of cap space they will create with these cuts? What are your thoughts?

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  • Tortillared

    Are the Rams taking a LT or Crabtree? That is the biggest question of the draft. Either way is a can’t miss for the Rams.

    There are 4 OT worthy of a top 5 or even top 3 pick and 8 or so quality OT behind them. The kid from Baylor is pretty good, as is Oher. I’ve seen both up close and personal. Then you have the Bama and Virginia LT. 

    Crabtree is a rare find at WR and will be a great NFL WR.

    So which ever the Rams take, you’ll be happy. I’d say take Crabtree in the 1st and get a LT in the 2nd, as a quality LT should still be there. Then again, I am a Red Raider and a bit biased. ;)

  • Dave

    It is a sad day/week for Rams’ fans. Yes,  I know it is a business and they have to do it but it is sad to see two players like this go. Both Torry and Orlando played with so much class and a passion to win. Orlando was a “rock” at his position for many years. Torry didn’t just have great numbers but I loved how he always smiled and seemed to really enjoy winning. He kept the “big game” nickname without being a showboat. I noticed both of thier games slipping a bit so I do understand letting them go.

    As far as the draft, I vote for a tackle over Crabtree. We have to keep Marc Bulger on his feet if we want him to get the ball to wideouts. I say sign a veteran to go with our young and promising wideouts Avery and Burton. We saw flashes of what they can do.

  • http://www.stlouisramfan.com Stlvinnie

    I hope you are right however nothing is a sure thing in the NFL. Crabtree could be the next Mike Williams? Maybe he has great hands and hops but turns into a bust since he does not run an NFL tree route, and does not have very good speed. In the NFL he could have a tough time getting open. We shall see. With the Rams cutting Pace they will take an OT. There were no wide receivers taken in the 1st round last year so to pick one at #2 can be a huge reach, and the Rams can’t afford a reach right now.

  • http://www.stlouisramfan.com Stlvinnie


    I hear ya. Only Leonard Little remains from 1999. It seems like just yesterday. The Rams have to pick an OT. They already have Avery and Burton who are super young I don’t think they can roll into the season with three young guys. Bulger can’t get teh ball out there anyway. The only saving grace tot eh week so far is that they did not sign Gus Ferotte. Yikes, talk about a “pleae don’t”!

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