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Diggs' release and where Rams are headed

8/29/2011

The St. Louis Rams added considerable seasoning to their roster this offseason.

They'll be subtracting some veteran flavor as well.

Veteran linebacker Na'il Diggs' release, confirmed by the team Monday, seemed likely from the day St. Louis added another veteran linebacker, Ben Leber, early in training camp. Diggs is 33 and coming off a season-ending pectoral injury. Leber is 32 and has not missed a game since 2006, when he missed one. He has played 16 games in a season seven times in nine years.

With Diggs gone, the Rams have 14 players aged 30 or older. Most project as likely to stick around on the eventual reduction to 53 players.

I would not expect the Rams to get significantly younger through their two-deep depth chart. They could use depth at cornerback and possibly up front on offense. The interior offensive line is easily overlooked after the team signed Harvey Dahl in free agency and worked out a new deal with Jacob Bell. I could see the Rams monitoring the waiver wire for veteran backup help. New coordinator Josh McDaniels values size and power on the interior.

The Rams are also releasing defensive end Kenneth Charles and safety John Dempsey. That brings their roster to 83 players heading toward the Tuesday deadline for compliance with the 80-man limit. The team could get to 80 without cutting anyone. Jermelle Cudjo (back), Jerome Murphy (ankle) and Dionte Dinkins (knee) are candidates for injured reserve.