OAKLAND CA - SEPTEMBER 19: Fred Robbins #98 of the St. Louis Rams is called for a roughing the passer penalty against Bruce Gradkowski #5 of the Oakland Raiders during an NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 19 2010 in Oakland California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
Monday is turning into a particularly rough day for free agents added during the Billy Devaney and Steve Spagnuolo era of St. Louis Rams' history. Veteran defensive tackles Fred Robbins and Justin Bannan were released, according to Jim Thomas of the Post-Dispatch.
Together, the Robbins and Bannan cuts save the Rams $6.5 million in cap space. Robbins was due $3.75 million in the last year of his contract. Bannan signed a three-year deal last year. He was due to make $2.75 million in base salary this year.
The Robbins cut comes as little surprise. At 35, he probably was not going to be very effective this year. Bannan was a sturdy presence in the middle, but in his 30s as well.
The moves leave the Rams thin at defensive tackle, but also with the cap space to seek help.
Titans tackle Jason Jones has been a free agent target mentioned more than a few times by the chattering classes. Just 25, Jones as a natural ability as a three-technique. He could command a deal similar, if not more, than the $5 million or so per season Seattle paid Brandon Mebane last year.