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Rams to part ways with Quintin Mikell

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The Rams plan to release safety Quintin Mikell on Monday, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Sunday night.

Mikell recorded a career-high 101 tackles in 2012, and he started all 16 games in each of the last two seasons for St. Louis.

A source with knowledge of Mikell’s contract tells PFT the move saves the Rams $3 million in salary cap space. Mikell’s 2013 cap number was $9 million, and he was slated to make $6 million, per the source. The total amount of “dead money” on the Rams’ books for 2013 from the move is $6 million, according to the source.

The 32-year-old Mikell looks poised to become yet another experienced option for teams looking for safety help. There are eight unsigned safeties in PFT’s Free Agent Hot 100.

Mikell has a wealth of NFL experience, and he has started all but one game in the last five seasons. Durability and dependability will be his selling points.

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch also reported the Rams were letting go of Mikell.

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30 Responses to “Rams to part ways with Quintin Mikell”
  1. blackngold4life says: Mar 10, 2013 11:35 PM

    I guess 6m is the cutting point this year effort most teams

  2. wfbbogota1975 says: Mar 10, 2013 11:39 PM

    Come on Jeff Ireland, get him signed. Let’s upgrade and beat the Death Star -ahem-uh I mean the Patriots.

  3. remok9 says: Mar 10, 2013 11:41 PM

    Philly should have never let him or Dawkins leave in t g e first place I’d take him back in a heartbeat, at 32 he’s still leaps and bounds over Coleman.

  4. ninerguy4983 says: Mar 10, 2013 11:47 PM

    Niners, sign this guy right out from under the Rams! Unless Goldson gives a hometown discount this is a good plan B

  5. lostsok says: Mar 10, 2013 11:48 PM

    Quietly one of the best players to come out of Boise State, which has produced a surprising number of solid pros for a school that gets little but 2 and 3 star recruits.

  6. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Mar 10, 2013 11:52 PM

    I suck but I’m durable, ok start the bidding.

  7. cav2ya says: Mar 10, 2013 11:56 PM

    Knock knock. Eagles calling. Time to come home..

  8. stlunatik says: Mar 10, 2013 11:56 PM

    Great now cut Craig Dahl and you’ll be set to get a real safety in here.

  9. rajbais says: Mar 11, 2013 12:03 AM

    He’s either KC or Carolina bound.

    Maybe Detroit.

  10. thegame2love says: Mar 11, 2013 12:12 AM

    I would rank Mikell’s play as above average to good but the Rams are going young. With his age; cap number; and the ton of safeties available in the draft and FA, it was the move to make. We wish you all the best Mikell and Steven Jackson.

  11. joshhatesthesteelers says: Mar 11, 2013 12:17 AM

    I’m glad I’m a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals.

  12. sbdt says: Mar 11, 2013 12:25 AM

    Please, please come to the Saints. We could use a safety besides Roman Harper and his “spear the guy with the ball and not only let him score but also almost knock yourself out” mentality.

  13. calibear831 says: Mar 11, 2013 12:26 AM

    I see Oakland in his future

  14. blitzinc43 says: Mar 11, 2013 12:27 AM

    Would of been a typical Browns addition. But not under Joe Banner’s nose

  15. 11thstreetmafia says: Mar 11, 2013 12:30 AM

    The Cowboys will get him

  16. tdubdizzle says: Mar 11, 2013 12:59 AM

    Come on now Reggie, sign this man.

  17. gmfw7 says: Mar 11, 2013 1:08 AM

    the eagles are likely to make a big run at goldson for FS, and if we can pull him away from the 9ers i wouldn’t mind them bringing back mikell for the strong side. those two signings could turn the team’s biggest weak spot of the last two seasons into the teams biggest strength. with $45 million in cap space if/when we release nnamdi, they could really turn things around with a good draft and some smart FA signings.

  18. themackstrong says: Mar 11, 2013 1:14 AM

    This doesn’t make sense to me. He played well in all the ways he was used last year. Blitzing/Run/descent in coverage. If he is let go-he will find work and be productive no question

  19. orivar says: Mar 11, 2013 1:39 AM

    Oh yeah the Eagles let this guy go. Of course we did, Philadelphia lets ALL OF OUR STARS GO! All the time, always. Few retire in Philadelphia these days without having been traded away/released first.

  20. lionsden1317 says: Mar 11, 2013 1:42 AM

    I would love to see him in Detroit if he is that durable. We can’t seem to keep a safety in for more than 2-3 games in a row.

  21. daknight93 says: Mar 11, 2013 2:19 AM

    players believe their past production will keep them on a team, but management heavily factor in a player’s Age to determine if they need to restructure or be cut.

  22. pppath says: Mar 11, 2013 4:24 AM

    You are correct about the dead money. However, that money can be spread over the last two years of his contract (this year and next year) thus freeing up 6 million in cap space this year. After signing their draft class, the rams should have about 13 million to spend in free agency. Offensive tackle I presume.

  23. sportsbastard says: Mar 11, 2013 4:56 AM

    Yet another competent starter leaving the Rams, I’m not real sure what Fisher/Snead are doing with this release, creating a giant hole at S and 6MM of dead money for 3MM in cap relief does not sound prudent.

  24. phillynac says: Mar 11, 2013 5:13 AM

    Quinton Mickell a star? That is a stretch if I ever heard one. He was ok as an Eagle a couple of years back but nothing special….not really interested.

  25. essentialsausage says: Mar 11, 2013 8:51 AM

    I wouldn’t mind seeing the Lions grab him.

  26. baddegg says: Mar 11, 2013 9:07 AM

    Not that the Redskins can afford this player, but it’s a good sign for them that more corners and safeties are hitting the FA market. Maybe after the teams with lots of cap room get the top guys, the Redskins will be able to swoop in and get a good deal on a second tier guy.

    Sadly, second tier will be an improvement over what they have now…but it’s still an improvement…

  27. blazecili says: Mar 11, 2013 9:18 AM

    Yikes! The Rams are clearing space to make a run at Victor Cruz.

  28. kingpel says: Mar 11, 2013 9:31 AM

    Playing back their with Craig Dahl shows how capable a safety Mikell still is. Just imagine if he was paired back their with an NFL caliber player, as opposed to Dahl. Rams made a mistake on this one, but I guess it is all about money.

    Craig Dahl is the achilles heel of that defense.

  29. bleedgreen80 says: Mar 11, 2013 9:31 AM

    I would take him back in philly for the right price his last year there it seemed like he regressed

  30. stevincinci says: Mar 11, 2013 10:14 AM

    Would be a nice compliment to Reggie Nelson in Cincy. Bengals have 44 mil in space to use up. Go get em, Mikey.

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