5 Veterans Who Won’t Make the St. Louis Rams’ 53-Man Roster

5 Veterans Who Won't Make the St. Louis Rams' 53-Man Roster

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For a team poised to boast the NFL’s youngest roster for the third consecutive season, the St. Louis Rams don’t exactly have a number of household name veterans set to be on the chopping block. That being said, the team did get even younger with several draft choices poised to be impact players in the upcoming season. As a result of those additions from the 2014 NFL Draft, these five veterans could be out of a job this season.

5. Austin Pettis, WR

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5. Austin Pettis, WR

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It may seem foolish to release arguably the most reliable wideout on the roster, but the Rams have a youth movement in full effect at the position. There may not be enough targets to go around with Tavon Austin, Chris Givens, Brian Quick, Stedman Bailey and veteran offseason addition Kenny Britt in the receiving corps. The numbers game could lead to Pettis catching passes elsewhere in the upcoming campaign.

4. Rodney McLeod, S

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4. Rodney McLeod, S

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Perhaps the most underwhelming member of the St. Louis secondary, Rodney McLeod is more than deserving of a one-way ticket out of town. The addition of Lamarcus Joyner provides competition in the back third that McLeod is unlikely to survive. T.J. McDonald is primed to thrive in the strong safety spot, and my money is on Joyner to claim the free safety position from McLeod as OTAs and training camp heat up.

3. William Hayes, DE

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3. William Hayes, DE

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Entering the second season of a lucrative three-year extension signed last year, William Hayes could find himself on the chopping block to save some cash. Releasing him would save nearly $ 2.6 million in base salary in 2014 and $ 3.1 million in 2015. As little more than a quality rotational piece, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a team like the Rams right up against the cap make this frugal move prior to the 2014 season kicking off.

2. Scott Wells, C

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2. Scott Wells, C

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At 33 years old, Scott Wells has two years remaining on the four-year deal he signed to join the Rams when Jeff Fisher arrived. With a $ 5.5 million base salary per year in 2014 and 2015, it may be time to consider different options given that he’s played in just 19 out of a possible 32 games due to injuries. Barrett Jones may be ready to take over, and last year Tim Barnes was effective while Wells was on the shelf.

1. Kendall Langford, DT

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1. Kendall Langford, DT

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Coach Jeff Fisher loves his players to play with an edge, but Kendall Langford has repeatedly gone over that precipice in St. Louis. Seven penalties in 2012 and a career-high nine in 2013, including a disqualification and for unsportsmanlike conduct, prove that discipline is a problem. A $ 5 million base salary in 2014 and $ 6 million in 2015 along with the draft selection of Aaron Donald likely hammer the final nails into his coffin.

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