The Rams have decided to release Mark Barron, ESPN reported.
The inside linebacker was three years into his five-year, $45 million deal with Los Angeles. According to The Athletic, releasing Barron will save the team $6.33 million this season.
A former first-round pick, the Rams acquired Barron from the Buccaneers for two draft picks in 2014.
Barron is considered to be extremely versatile — he started his NFL career as a safety, but converted to inside linebacker in 2015 to fill the gap left by Alec Ogletree, who was injured at the time.
Until last season, Barron was considered to be a highly productive defensive weapon, but injuries derailed his 2018 season. He missed four games, but came back in time to help the Rams make it to the Super Bowl.
Last season, he recorded 60 tackles and one pass deflection, which was a career low.