The St. Louis Rams cut veteran defensive tackle Kendall Langford on Thursday, February 26. Langford still had one year left on his contract, but the Rams decided to release him as free agency approaches, according to St. Louis Post-Dispatch writer Jim Thomas.
The move comes after the immediate success of last year’s Defensive Rookie of the Year winner Aaron Donald, who took the starting role away from Langford. Langford did perform well last season in his reserve role, but his contract would hit the cap at about $7 million for the upcoming season. By cutting him, the Rams save about $6 million in cap space, which was desperately needed for free agents and future NFL Draft picks.
The 29-year-old is sure to draw interest from other teams since his numbers as a starter in 2013 were solid. Langford started all 16 games and had 36 tackles, five sacks and four pass deflections.
Langford was drafted in the third round (66th overall) in the 2008 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He spent four seasons in Miami before coming to St. Louis in 2012.