ST. LOUIS (AP) - Orlando Pace has been released by the St. Louis Rams. The 7-time Pro Bowl offensive tackle was dogged by injuries in recent seasons.
The 33-year-old Pace was the first overall pick of the 1997 draft. The move on Tuesday cleared $6 million in cap space for the Rams, after they were 2-14 last season.
Pace was the first offensive lineman chosen No. 1 overall since the Minnesota Vikings chose Ron Yary in the 1968 draft. He was named to seven straight Pro Bowls from 1999-2005 and started in two Super Bowls, including the franchise's lone title after the 1998 season.
The Rams also are considering releasing another longtime star, wide receiver Torry Holt. That move that would save them an additional $8 million in cap space.