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Rams release tight end Lance Kendricks and defensive end Eugene Sims

Los Angeles created more salary space with the decision to cut ties with Kendricks and Sims on Thursday night.

With the free agency period officially underway, the Los Angeles Rams have quickly become one of the busier teams in the league. 

According to Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register, the Rams have decided on Thursday to part ways with a couple of key veteran players in tight end Lance Kendricks and defensive end Eugene Sims

Los Angeles had also released center Tim Barnes , who made 32 starts for the team, earlier in the day per his agent along with dealing away defensive end William Hayes to the Miami Dolphins. The departure of these four players accumulates $15.6 million in additional salary cap space that immediately helps off-set their pair of free-agent signings in wide receiver Robert Woods and left tackle Andrew Whitworth

Kendricks was selected by the Rams in the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft and was quite productive in his six seasons with the team. His 17 career receiving touchdowns are second all-time in franchise history behind just Damone Johnson. His departure now opens up way to Tyler Higbee getting the prime opportunity to garner the starting job and pick a much larger role in the passing game heading into his second year. 

SIms spent his first seven seasons in the league with Los Angeles after being taken in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft. In the 2016 campaign, he recorded a career-high 52 tackles along with 2.5 sacks,17 quarterback pressures, and three quarterback hits while playing in all 16 regular season games. The 30-year-old in 99 career games with the Rams had 148 total tackles and 12 sacks. 

Bob Garcia IV is a staff writer of LARamsReport.com. You can follow him at @bgarcia90 and us on Twitter at @LA_RamsReport.

 


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