ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- When the Rams play in Los Angeles this fall, they will do so without local fan favorites on the roster.
Defensive end Chris Long, middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, and tight end Jared Cook have been cut from the active roster, just weeks before the free agency period begins on March 9. This move will save the Rams around $23 million in cap space and will only have to pay a combined total of $5 million in dead money.
Laurinaitis, 29, and Cook, 28, were both signed through the 2017 season before their cuts were announced. Long was in the final year of his contract.
Long and Laurinaitis were drafted by the team in 2008 and 2009 respectively and became leaders of the Rams defense. The pair were also active in community service in the St. Louis area. Long worked with the St. Patrick's Center when he was with the team in St. Louis. The center helps the homeless and those in danger of being homeless and provides them with opportunities to affordable housing, and mental and physical health.
Long, with teammate William Hayes, dressed as a homeless person and lived on the streets for one night to experience what it was like to be without a home. His experience was filmed by ESPN.
Cook was acquired by the team through free agency in 2013.
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