Being in St. Louis while not being a member of the Rams for the first time has been strange.
I always knew that this day would come, that one day, I would retire or play for another team. But it has been challenging to hear people talk about the organization that I'd been a part of for nine years.
There are young players that I consider little brothers, and I have a vested interest in them having successful careers for themselves, but I'm not a part of that now. That's been an adjustment. Although a business decision has been made, that doesn't take away from me wanting the best for them or even the friendships that we had.
There are so many guys -- Sam Bradford, Chris Long, Daryl Richardson, William Hayes, the list goes on -- that I keep in contact with there. We talk, but we don't necessarily talk football. Now our conversations are about overall life. Sam has become a traveler now, so we talk about destinations, families and our personal lives more.
A lot of my conversations with him have been about transition of leadership. That role is being fully handed over to him now that I'm out of the locker room. Through those conversations, I think maybe we have a closer relationship as friends than ever. I will continue to watch and follow those guys and come Week 2, I'll have to battle them.