Rams Release Former First Overall Pick Tackle Orlando Pace

The Rams have announced the release of tackle Orlando Pace, who was the teams number 1 pick and the overall number one pick in the 1997 draft. The team has been trying for the past few weeks to trade Pace, but finally came to the decision of releasing him after they found no takers.

The move will save the Rams $5.975 million against the 2009 salary cap.

“I can’t begin to thank Orlando for all he has meant to the Rams organization, since we selected him with the first overall pick in the 1997 draft,” said Rams Owner/Chairman Chip Rosenbloom in a team-issued release. “It is never easy to end a relationship that has had as much success as ours, but in the best interest of Orlando and the Rams, we feel now is the right time. As a Super Bowl Champion and seven-time Pro Bowler, he has been a true professional and will always go down as one of the finest Rams of all time. We wish him, Carla and their children the very best as they move onto the next chapter of their football journey.”

Pace was hurt for a lot of the 06 and 07 seasons, but rebounded last season to play. There are a number of teams that will talk to him, as one team that was rumored to have interest in him was the Oakland Raiders. The Raiders or other teams that would take him would likely keep him at his original position of left tackle.

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