The St. Louis Rams have released veteran WR Torry Holt in a move that was expected –- and desired by Holt.
The Rams cut Holt, a 10-year veteran and fan favorite, on Friday afternoon, four days before he was due a $1.25 million roster bonus. The move creates nearly $8 million in salary-cap room for the Rams.
St. Louis tried to trade Holt but had no takers.
The call follows St. Louis’ decision earlier this week to part with longtime OT Orlando Pace in a similar, two-pronged move. Cutting Pace and Holt saves the Rams roughly $14 million in cap space, but it also continues the team’s move to a younger roster under new coach Steve Spagnuolo.
Holt, 32, reportedly asked to be released in anticipation of being fazed out of the offense. The seven-time Pro Bowler has played in all but two games since being drafted in the first round from N.C. State in 1999. He surpassed the 1,000-yard receiving mark eight times in his career. In 2008, though, amid an overall awful year for St. Louis, Holt caught just 64 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns. It was statistically one of his worst seasons, with only his rookie campaign being less productive.
Holt is statistically among the best receivers in NFL history with 869 receptions, 12,660 yards and 74 touchdowns.