The Los Angeles Rams wrapped up a busy first day of the free agency period by trading defensive end William Hayes and a 2017 seventh-round pick to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a 2017 sixth-round pick.
"Will has been an integral member of our defense since he became a Ram in 2012," said Rams GM Les Snead in a team press release. "His passion set the tone for our defense and served as an example for his teammates. Off the field, he showed compassion as he was a major contributor to the St. Louis and Los Angeles communities, working to improve the plight of the homeless. We wish Will and his family the best of luck in all of his future endeavors."
The move saves the Rams $5.5 million in salary cap space while acquiring the 206th overall selection for the 223rd overall selection in this year's draft. They now possess a total of eight picks from rounds two through seven.
With the Rams departing from the 4-3 to 3-4 defensive scheme under new defensive coordinator Wade Phillips, it made Hayes an expendable piece as he works primarily as a defensive end. The 31-year-old had signed a three-year, $17.5 million deal last offseason.
Hayes spent the last five years with Los Angeles racking up 26.5 of his 34.5 career sacks and 201 total tackles. He had originally joined the team as one of the few players that played under Jeff Fisher when he was the Tennessee Titans head coach.