ST. LOUIS, MO - JANUARY 1: Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers is sacked by defensive end James Hall #96 of the St. Louis Rams in the second half of the game on January 1, 2012 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri. The 49ers defeated the Rams 34-27. (Photo by Whitney Curtis/Getty Images)

St. Louis Rams Cuts Include James Hall, Fred Robbins, Ron Bartell

Some of the St. Louis Rams' defensive stalwarts from 2010 hit the road before 2012.

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NFL Free Agents: James Hall Could Be Someone Else's Reclamation Project

The St. Louis Rams cut James Hall Monday after four years, leaving a player who picked up 10.5 sacks in 2010 on the NFL free agent market in 2012. 35 years old, in 2011 Hall had more or less the same season he'd had in 2008 and 2009—and with the Rams' coaching staff brand new, he just wasn't going to stick around, even for $2.75 million.

The Rams will replace him with a full serving of 2011 draft pick Robert Quinn alongside Chris Long, but where could Hall go next? The best bet is a team that needs a pass-rusher but isn't expected to pay out the nose for one—anybody who's presently chasing after Peyton Manning and looking to win now could add to their depth and potentially get a solid season out of Hall on the cheap.

The Rams, for their part, have freed up nearly $20 million in cap space with the week's releases so far. It's a big haul for a team looking to remake itself in Jeff Fisher's image.

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