Rams release veteran OT Wayne Hunter
Offensive tackle Wayne Hunter’s release is expected to free up $4 million in cap space. Teams have until March 12 to get under the $123.9 million salary cap for 2013. The saved money will prove useful with free agency starting next Tuesday. Wayne Hunter was among the 10 players on the St. Louis Rams’ roster, ho counted at least $4 million against the 2013 salary cap. St. Louis Rams running back Steven Jackson is also expected to void his contract following the start of free agency. Both moves could culminate to save the St. Louis Rams $7 million on the books.
The move comes as no surprise since Wayne Hunter had less than a productive year with the St. Louis Rams.
Wayne Hunter arrived in St. Louis through a trade between New York Jets and the Rams in August. The New York Jets decided that they could do without their Wayne Hunter, by shipping him to the St. Louis Rams in exchange for former No.2 pick in the 2009 draft Jason Smith.
More than anything, both sides hoped that the move would provide the two struggling offensive tackles with a change of scenery to finally pick up on their production. However, the experiment failed to prove a success as Jason Smith was released by the New York Jets last month.
The St. Louis Rams kept Wayne Hunter on the roster to play 14 games last season, although he struggled as a third tackle option on the depth chart. Wayne Hunter started only four-early season games last season, while left tackle Rodger Saffold was sidelined with injuries.
Although Wayne Hunter may get a final look from teams down the stretch during free agency, the 31-year-old will find it difficult to prove his case for a starting role, with his history of back and knee injuries.