With the regular season over, teams are allowed to release players once again. There’s just not much point to releasing them with so much labor uncertainty looming over the league and no salary cap in place.
If anything, releasing a player now does the player a favor. It lets other teams around the league know he’s available and gives him a chance to start seeking employment.
That’s apparently why the Rams have let fullback Mike Karney know he won’t be back with the team, according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
New offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels doesn’t have much use for a true blocking fullback without great versatility, so the move has already been made.
“I hear my bro Karney was released,” Rams running back Steven Jackson wrote on Twitter. “I’m bummed out about the news but that’s the business. He’s my true friend & not just a teammate.”