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Friday, May 8, 2009
How the roster turns for new-look Rams

By Mike Sando
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

Notable Rams to Leave Roster in 2009
Pos. How Departed Roster
Torry Holt
WR Cut
Orlando Pace
OL Cut
Drew Bennett
WR Cut
Trent Green
QB Cut
Anthony Becht
TE Cut
Corey Chavous
SS Cut
Pisa Tinoisamoa
LB Cut
Brian Leonard
RB Trade/Bengals
Gary Stills
LB UFA/unsigned
Jason Craft
CB UFA/unsigned
Ricky Manning
CB UFA/unsigned
Fakhir Brown
CB UFA/unsigned
La'Roi Glover
DT UFA/unsigned
Dane Looker
WR UFA/unsigned
Travis Minor
RB UFA/unsigned
Dante Hall
WR UFA/unsigned
Cory Withrow
OL UFA/unsigned
Rob Petitti
OL UFA/unsigned
Anthony Davis
OL UFA/unsigned
Brandon Gorin
OL UFA/Broncos
Nick Leckey
OL UFA/Saints
Brett Romberg
OL UFA/Falcons

The Rams weren't an 8-8 team seeking a few tweaks to regain their footing. They needed a franchise overhaul after posting a 5-27 record over the past two seasons.

That overhaul has continued with Brian Leonard's trade to the Bengals on Thursday and Pisa Tinoisamoa's release Friday.

Changing over a roster means adding new players in key positions. Adding new players means losing existing ones, and the Rams have parted with quite a few this offseason.

The chart shows notable Rams players to leave the roster since general manager Billy Devaney spearheaded Steve Spagnuolo's hiring as head coach.

Some of the changes were difficult to miss. The releases of Torry Holt and Orlando Pace come to mind. Other changes have come via attrition. In this case, the Rams have decided against re-signing numerous unrestricted free agents. It's significant to note that quite a few of them remain unsigned.

The Rams could always re-sign a free agent or two as they set their roster for training camp. In most cases, however, the team appears eager to move on without them.