Los Angeles Rams release James Laurinaitis, Chris Long and Jared Cook

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Rams release Chris Long, James Laurinaitis and Jared Cook
Friday February 19th, 2016

The Los Angeles Rams have released linebacker James Laurinaitis, defensive lineman Chris Long and tight end Jared Cook, the team announced Friday.

The Rams will save over $24 million in cap space with the move, reports NFL.com’s Albert Breer.

Laurinaitis was a second-round draft pick of the Rams in 2009. He reached the 100-tackle mark in each of his first seven seasons, and last year became the all-time leading tackler in Rams history.

Long was drafted with the No. 2 pick in 2008. After playing in 16 games in each of his first six seasons, Long played in only 18 combined the last two. He has 54 1/2 sacks in his career.

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Cook had two years left on the five-year contract he signed in 2013. He played in all 48 possible games with the Rams. Last season, Cook caught 39 passes for 481 yards with no touchdowns. 

The Rams finished 7–9 in 2015, their final year in St. Louis before returning to Los Angeles.

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