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Rams release Josh Brown

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When the Rams selected kicker Greg Zuerlein in the sixth round, it signaled that Josh Brown’s job might not be secure for much longer.

Brown’s security lasted less time than it took you to read that sentence. The Rams announced Saturday night that Brown has been sent packing.

“He’s already been informed of that,” coach Jeff Fisher said, via Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Josh was a great kicker, and was tremendous here in the community. He’s got deep roots here. I spoke with him immediately after the pick and he understands.”

Cutting Brown saves the Rams $2.7 million in cap space this season. Brown made 21-of-28 field goals last season, his lowest percentage in four years with St. Louis, and he made just 8-of-14 kicks from 40 yards or more.

Zuerlein hit nine field goals from 50 or more yards at Missouri Western State University in 2011 as part of a streak of 21 consecutive made field goals. He also had 30 touchbacks from the 30-yard-line, five yards further back than where he’ll kick off in the NFL.

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4 Responses to “Rams release Josh Brown”
  1. bettis3636 says: Apr 29, 2012 9:09 AM

    He’d be a huge upgrade over Shaun Suisham… if he can figure out how to kick at Heinz Field..

  2. trollhammer20 says: Apr 29, 2012 9:44 AM

    As a Seahawks fan, I remember Josh as the guy who won quite a few games for us during our string of playoff appearances from 2003-2008.

    Then when he left to sign with the division-rival Rams (who he had beaten in two games with 50-plus yard kicks in the closing seconds the previous year), he said “It’s all about winning.”

    The Rams were 12-44 during Josh’s time there.

  3. hawkron says: Apr 29, 2012 11:14 AM

    Guard your cheerleaders. O’le JB has a history of beating them…..

  4. jason49er says: May 3, 2012 10:09 AM

    30 touchbacks from the 30 is a sick stat, this dude sounds like a steal in the 6th round considering Unger went 70 overall at punter.

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