LA recently retained Howard using a restricted free agent tender at a cost of $2.54M, and releasing him opens up the same amount of cap space with no dead money.
Travin Howard cut saves Rams $2.5 in cap with no dead money. Look for more cap-saving cuts like these imo.— RamsBeat (@RamsBeat) June 8, 2022
Howard was drafted by the Rams in the seventh round of the 2018 draft - and he battled injuries to eventually become the defensive hero of last year’s NFC championship game. As a converted safety from his time at TCU, Howard has developed into a skilled pass coverage linebacker.
Howard was solidly in the third position on the depth chart behind emerging second-year player Ernest Jones and the recently signed Bobby Wagner. Wagner figures to be an every-down linebacker in his first season in LA, but the team will want to get Jones on the field as much as possible.
In a crowded linebacker room, the team seemingly couldn’t find space for Howard on the roster. It’s possible - if not likely - that a team will place a waiver claim for the linebacker, though the Rams could be interested in asking Howard to return at a lower price should he go through waivers unclaimed.