"Someone asked me that earlier today," Linehan said, when addressing the media following the Rams first day of minicamp. "It isn't that at all. It's not a personal issue. Marshall is just dealing with a decision where he doesn't want to play at a level he's not accustomed to being at.
"There are no problems, no rifts or anything like that. I know this is difficult for him."
While some of the talk centered around the fact that Faulk's agent Rocky Arceneaux was the one that told Linehan Faulk would not be present, Linehan revealed he met with Faulk two weeks ago, at which time Faulk said he was having problems with one of his knees, "that it wasn't responding as well as he had hoped."As for Faulk not being present at all, as other injured players are, Linehan said, "He's dealing with something bigger than being at meetings. He's trying to figure out whether he wants to do this. As a competitor, it would be tough to stand out here and watch."
If Faulk retires, the Rams would save $2 million against this year's salary cap. He currently counts $4 million, $2 million of which is base salary and a reporting bonus. Next year, he would count $4 million.
Howard Balzer is a sportswriter for Gridiron Gateway, our Rams affiliate at the Scout.com network.