The Los Angeles Rams announced they have declined the option for cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Robey-Coleman originally was an undrafted signing by the Buffalo Bills in 2013 out of USC. He returned to the West Coast and the Coliseum in 2017 when the Rams signed him, giving three solid years to the organization as a slot cornerback.
In 2019, Robey-Coleman played in all 16 games, recording 36 total tackles, two forced fumbles and seven passes defensed. He is most known, of course, for his hit late in the 2019 NFC Championship Game against the New Orleans Saints that was not flagged for pass interference.
The Rams went on to win the game to advance to the Super Bowl, and the NFL then decided to make pass interference challengable.
Robey-Coleman had a lot of great memories in his time with the Rams though. He took to social media to thank the organization after his option was not picked up:
The Rams’ defense has taken a big hit this offseason with the losses of Robey-Coleman, Cory Littleton, Michael Brockers and Eric Weddle.
The Rams will save $4.5 million in cap space by not picking up Robey-Coleman’s option. The hope is that they will be able to use that to re-sign Dante Fowler Jr. or another defensive player to help aid the loss of so many key contributors this offseason.