Report: Rams release linebacker Mark Barron
The Los Angeles Rams started the day by deciding to not pick up their option on John Sullivan—making him a free agent. Now, they are deciding to release Mark Barron to clear more cap space.
The news was announced by Adam Schefter via Twitter. As it may be a surprise to some, most Rams fans saw it as an inevitability.
A pre-free-agency surprise: Rams released starring inside LB Mark Barron, per league sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 5, 2019
By cutting Barron, the Rams manage to clear up $6.3 million in cap space. With the Sullivan and Barron moves, the Rams now have nearly $40 million to work with this offseason.
In 2018, Barron started in 12 games at inside linebacker next to Cory Littleton. In those 12 games, Barron had 60 tackles and three tackles for loss.
Since 2017, Barron has seen his play and his health slowly start to decline. Cutting Barron is tough but needed to be done if the Rams want to get better at their inside linebacker position.
By cutting him now it benefits both sides. The Rams can create a plan to replace him while Barron can start looking for a new team to call his own.
The Los Angeles run defense has struggled the past couple of seasons due to them playing two undersized linebackers on the inside. With Littleton showing promise, Barron is the odd man out.
Could the Rams make a play on C.J. Mosley with Barron being cut? I won’t rule out anything when it comes to Les Snead and the Rams.
Last offseason, Snead and company turned the NFL into their own personal game of Madden. They traded for Marcus Peters, Aqib Talib, and Brandin Cooks.
They also signed Ndamukong Suh and traded for Dante Fowler to put the icing on the cake. This offseason, Los Angeles will need to address a couple of needs—especially on defense.
With the Rams cutting Barron before the new league year, they can move inside linebacker up their list of needs.