Rams Release Torry Holt

Mar 13, 2009

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The Rams continued to purge by releasing future Hall of Famer Torry Holt on the heels of their release of future Hall of Famer Orlando Pace to officially close the door on the Greatest Show on Turf. 

Holt had his streak of eight straight 1188+ yard season snapped last year as he managed just 796.  He managed just 64 receptions, which was the first time he dipped below 81 since his Rookie season.  He also scored a career low three TDs.

Does that mean Holt is finished as a fantasy factor?  Hardly.  He played on a miserable team last year.  He will turn 33 this summer and should have a couple of good years left in him.  He is one of the smartest receivers in the league.  He runs great routes and has tremendous hands.  Derrick Mason, Marvin Harrison, and former teammate Isaac Bruce are examples of WRs who have produced in their early thirties.

Speaking of Isaac Bruce, San Francisco is one of the possible targets according to Rotoworld.  Other likely destinations include Tennessee, the Giants, and Carolina.  Right now that’s just speculation and I wouldn’t put any stock into it until he starts going on visits. 

One thing I would put stock in is improved numbers for Holt in 2009.  He’s too good of a receiver to have less than 800 yards and 3 TDs.  A change of scenery will do him good.  The Rams have a lot of work to do rebuilding, and it’s best for the team and Holt for them to part ways.

With Holt gone, Donnie Avery will assume the #1 WR status on the team.  While his value will go up next year, don’t get carried away.  The Rams have issues on the line and at Quarterback, which puts a cramp in any WRs style.

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6 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. David Funk
    March 14th, 2009 at 9:25 am #

    I fully agree that Holt still has plenty left in the tank. The Rams have to rebuild and Holt had to move on, too.

    Since Holt is from where I live, I really wonder if the Panthers might try to get him. It might be something to watch, but many teams will probably be calling. Of course, I haven’t heard if anyone has yet.

    Nice post!

  2. LestersLegends
    March 14th, 2009 at 9:57 am #

    I don’t know if the Panthers can financially make a play.

  3. Anonymous
    March 14th, 2009 at 3:10 pm #

    I just read that he got close with the Titans and it fell apart. Putting a WR1 with Tennessee and moving Gage to the 2 could make them true favorites even without Haynesworth.

  4. LestersLegends
    March 14th, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    yeah, they almost traded for him. not that he’s a fa it will require him wanting to go there too.

  5. awesome
    March 16th, 2009 at 8:15 am #

    don’t forget about another guy over 30 who still ain’t bad…TO.

  6. LestersLegends
    March 16th, 2009 at 8:17 am #

    I didn’t include him because he’s a different athlete than the other guys.

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