Possibly the greatest wide out in the history of the St.Louis Rams is no longer a Ram. Issac Bruce, who has been with the club for the past 14 seasons was released earlier today after refusing to take a pay cut. Bruce was due a $2 mil roster bonus tomorrow, a steep price that the Rams were simply not willing to pay for a 35-year-old wide out coming off a season where he had 55 catches for 733 yards.
Bruce can never say he didn’t have a big career in St.Louis, as he leaves the organization third on the NFL’s career list for receiving yards (14,070), trailing only Jerry Rice (22,895) and Tim Brown (14,934). Bruce also finished the season with 942 catches, ranking sixth on the NFL’s all-time list. He is a four-time Pro Bowl wide out, and caught the game-winning TD from Kurt Warner to lead the Rams to victory in Super Bowl XXXIV.
Overall Bruce was due a total of $5 mil in 2008 from the Rams, two of which was due in the roster bonus, the other three in base salary. There was rumblings that Bruce may be welcome in San Francisco if he was released, as the Niners have a need for a quality veteran wide out, and with Mike Martz running the offense there, San Fran will right away become a place where Bruce may look at to continue his career.