The Rams released wide receiver Torry “Big Game” Holt today. This is the second member of the (GSOT) Greatest show on turf to be released this week. Both Torry Holt and Orlando Pace have been selected to the Pro Bowl seven times. Torry Holt ranks 11th in NFL history with 869 catches and 14th overall with 12,660 yards. Leonard Little is the only member from 1999 left on the Rams. The NFL is a business, and the Rams seem to be making the right moves to start rebuilding, but it sure is sad to see these great Hall of Fame type players go on to play elsewhere.
It was a bit of a slap in the face to Holt, from the Rams by being cut well into the free agency period. I think the Rams knew quite some time ago that they were not going to use $8 million of their cap for Torry Holt in 2009. If they would have released him a month ago he may already have found a home, and the Rams would have known they had more cap space to sign key free agents. If the Cardinals do not keep Anquan Boldin I think Holt will team back up with Kurt Warner in Arizona. What is going on, Bruce in SF, and now Warner and Holt in Arizona?
The fact the Rams have not been to the playoffs since 2004 has led to many of these sad events. As a true fan there would be nothing better than watching Kurt Warner, Isaac Bruce, Torry Holt play their last game as a member of the St. Louis Rams, but that will not happen. If the Rams drafted better this decade these things never would have happened. Mike Martz lost control and focus, and had horrid draft picks. This was followed up by the disastrous hiring of nice guy Scott Linehan and his awful drafting and player personnel decisions as well. Here is just a short list of the poor decisions made by the Rams; Trung Canidate, Jacoby Shepherd, Damione Lewis, Tommy Polley, Robert Thomas, Eric Crouch, Jimmy Kennedy, Jerome Carter, Joe Klopfenstein, Claude Wroten, Dominique Byrd.
Now the latest question the Rams will have to ask themselves is what we are going to do at wide receiver in 2009. The top three receivers on the roster heading into 2009 are Donnie Avery, Dane Looker, and Keenan Burton. I smell 10 in the box already and the season is months away. The Rams will need to upgrade this core significantly to pose a threat on offense. It appears the load is already squarely on Steven Jackson’s shoulders.
Now all we are left with is the memory of Torry Holt’s 9 yard touchdown reception in Super Bowl XXXIV to put the Rams up 16-0, and what a great memory it was! We will truly miss you “Big Game”.