The St. Louis Rams released veteran WR Torry Holt on Friday, the team announced. A league source said Holt carried a high salary cap number of over $10 million, which was the biggest reason for the move.
"The Rams will forever be grateful for the way Torry Holt represented the Rams on the field and in the community," said Rams Owner/Chairman Chip Rosenbloom. "He is an All-Pro in every sense of the word. Over the past 10 seasons Torry has proven himself to be one of the finest wide receivers in league history. This is a difficult decision because Torry has meant so much to the organization. In my mind and for all Rams fans, Torry will always be a Ram and we wish him and his family nothing but the best as they move forward."
Holt, 32, ranks 11th on the NFL's all-time receptions list with 869 and 14th on the NFL's all-time receiving yards list with 12,660. A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Holt has averaged 80.1 receiving yards per game over his career, the best in NFL history. Since 2000, Holt has accumulated 817 receptions for 11,872 yards, best in the NFL during that time period.
"Torry Holt has had an outstanding career here in St. Louis," said Rams General Manager Billy Devaney. "We thank Torry for the many things he has done for the Rams organization on and off the field."
Holt joined the Rams as the sixth overall choice in the 1999 NFL Draft. He ranks second in team history in receptions (869), receiving yards (12.660) and receiving touchdowns (74).
In 10 seasons with the Rams, Holt played in 158 regular season games with 147 starts. He started all 10 postseason contests of his career including Super Bowl XXXIV, the Rams' 23-16 victory over the Tennessee Titans in his rookie season, and Super Bowl XXXVI. Holt holds the Super Bowl rookie record with seven receptions and 109 receiving yards, established in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Teams that could have an interest in Holt based on need at receiver include the Carolina Panthers, Chicago Bears, Jacksonville Jaguars, Kansas City Chiefs, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Vikings, New York Giants, and Philadelphia Eagles.
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