When the Los Angeles Rams made a trade to acquire running back Sony Michel from the New England Patriots earlier today, it became apparent they would have to release a player in a corresponding move.
Unfortunately for long snapper Steven Wirtel, he was that corresponding move. Wirtel was waived this afternoon in order for the Rams to get back down to an 80-man roster limit.
Wirtel, who spent last season on the Detroit Lions practice squad, was signed this offseason to compete with Matthew Orzech for the starting long snapping role.
Orzech is now apparently is the favorite to replace Jake McQuaide, who signed with Dallas in free agency.
LA Rams transactions:
• Waived LS Steven Wirtel
— Los Angeles Rams (@RamsNFL) August 25, 2021
With projected starter Cam Akers out for the year with a torn Achilles and backup Darrell Henderson a little banged up, the Rams needed additional depth at running back. That’s why they went out and traded for Michel, a 2018 first-round pick, this morning.
Los Angeles traded a fifth and a sixth-round pick to New England for Michel, who has rushed for 2,292 yards and 14 touchdowns in 38 career games.
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