While change has been in the air for the St. Louis Rams since their awful 2007 season ended, the team is coming out and publicly declaring that they are not about to give up on one of their best player – wide out Torry Holt. Today’s St. Louis Dispatch has a feature on the question of moving Holt, as recently there seems to be some question about the team looking to trade Holt to get younger for the future. Couldn’t be further from the truth according to the team. The paper says that one Rams official “laughed for about 20 seconds” when the talk of moving Holt came up.
Head coach Scott Linehan also confirmed that the team is not going to move its best receiver. “There’s no interest, no discussions about trading Torry Holt,” Linehan said. “He’s on our team, we want him on our team, and I hope he feels the same way.” Speculation about moving Holt creeped in after the team released its “other” franchise wide out – Issac Bruce. Just because of that, it seemed like the internet bandwagon began that Holt would be next.
Holt was the 6th overall pick in the 1999 draft, and has spent his entire 9 year career in St. Louis. His best season came in 2003 when he had 117 catches for 1696 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has a career 71 TD’s, and last season even on a bad Rams team he had 93 grabs for 1189 yards and 7 scores. He also links the Rams blast to the past, as he was on two Rams Super Bowl teams, winning one vs the Titans and losing the other to the Patriots.
Getting rid of Holt would be a bad move at a bad time for a team that needs playmakers. He is a multiple time Pro Bowl player, and still has plenty left to lead the next generation of Rams into a hopeful winning state. Only missing two games in his career, Holt is a player that the Rams and their fans should embrace for as long as he’s around.