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Friday, February 13, 2009
Chavous' release could trigger youth movement

By Mike Sando

Rams Player aged 30 or older with contract for 2009 2009 Salary Cap Value Value if Released
Trent Green
$2.7M $1.4M
Leonard Little
$7.6M $5.1M
Orlando Pace
Chris Draft
$1.8M $433K
Torry Holt
$10.2M $2.2M
James Hall
$1.4M $350K
Marc Bulger
$8.5M $11.0M
Anthony Becht
$1.1M $135K
Drew Bennett
$5.1M $5.0M
Todd Johnson
$1.1M $400K

Posted by's Mike Sando

The Rams' decision to release veteran strong safety Corey Chavous, 33, makes them younger and faster in the secondary while reducing a $2.8 million salary-cap charge to $1.6 million.

I would expect the Rams to continue trimming older players from their roster as new coach Steve Spagnuolo establishes a new program.

The chart lists every Rams player in his 30s with a contract for 2009. The middle column shows how much the player's contract counts against the salary cap in 2009. The third column shows how much the player's contract counts if the Rams release the player this offseason.

The Rams were the third-oldest team in the league for most of last season, based on to-the-day age breakdowns I maintain. In addition to the 10 players listed, the Rams have eight players in their 30s without contracts for the 2009 season: