According to a tweet from St. Louis Rams beat writer Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams have parted ways with defensive tackles Fred Robbins (35 this month) and Justin Bannan (33 in April).
Thomas also confirms the release of center Jason Brown, which had been reported by scout.com in his aforementioned tweet shown below:
Jim Thomas @jthom1
Rams release center Jason Brown, and defensive tackles Fred Robbins and Justin Bannan.
The release of Fred Robbins was hardly unexpected. His play dropped off noticeably in 2011 and he was entering the final year of his contract. His release will save the Rams approximately $4 million toward the salary cap this year.
Bannan was signed through 2013 and was solid in 2012, so his release is more of a surprise than Robbins release.
According to Turf Show Times, the combined savings of the Robbins and Bannan cuts will create $6.5 million in added cap room for the coming campaign.
One has to wonder if the Rams do not have their sights on Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Jason Jones (who I wrote about as a hopeful target yesterday) and a defensive tackle early in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Jones excelled under Fisher in Tennessee and is just 25 years old. Perhaps the Rams have a feel on Jones (or another free agent DT) in cutting both Robbins and Bannan.