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Breaking: Los Angeles Rams Release LB Mark Barron

via- Christopher Hanewinckel USA Today Sports

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Los Angeles Rams have released starting linebacker, Mark Barron. This move comes as a surprise due to Barron’s importance to the Rams’ defense over the past four and a half seasons.

The Rams reasoning for waiting so long to release Barron is so he can be well involved in free agency and hopefully have a better chance to be signed by another team.

Barron had signed a 5 year $45 million contract back in 2016 and has started in 42 games. This move now opens up a more significant role for linebacker Corey Littleton as he emerged as a solid starter over the 2018-19 season.

Barron is now the third former Alabama player to hit the open market this week as he joins Landon Collins and CJ Mosley in search of a new contract.

A player with the skill set of Barron’s will no doubt draw quite a bit of attention from other teams. The converted safety has displayed how versatile he is in the run and pass game, for he has amassed 262 tackles and five interceptions over the past three seasons.

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Patrick Dowd is a Reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. You can follow him on Twitter, via Pat_Dowd77.

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