It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to many, but the St. Louis Rams have opened up $4 million in cap space by officially releasing offensive guard Harvey Dahl.
As expected Rams have released OG Harvey Dahl.
— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) March 10, 2014
With the release, the Rams will now have around $15 million in free agency and could go after a player of the caliber of cornerback Alterraun Verner or safety Jairus Byrd who they have been to contact with.
Dahl signed with the Rams back in July, 2011 to a four year contract, and although he brought a tough, don’t mess with me attitude that everybody loved about him, he unfortunately failed to stay on the field due to multiple injuries.
The release of Dahl adds even more questions to the Rams offensive line, if that was possible, as it was reported yesterday that tackle/guard, Rodger Saffold would not be re-signing with the team, and would likely be headed to the Raiders.
The Rams certainly have a gaping hole now on the offensive line, but with free agency still ahead and nine draft picks in place, that status could change here in the next couple of months. Even if it seems doubtful, the Rams could still have a pretty solid offensive line.
Last season the Chicago Bears started the season with four new offensive lineman and ended up having one of the better offensive lines in the league.
According to Jim Thomas the Rams have also decided not to tender tight end Mike McNeil and have not decided whether to tender exclusive rights free agent cornerback Quinton Pointer. McNeil was the Rams’ full back/tight end hybrid player last season and had one reception of five yards. He also grew up in the St. Louis area.
The Rams will, as of now go into the free agency period with $15 million to spend which isn’t too bad considering where they were. Free agency officially starts tomorrow at 4PM ET.