Cutting Tinoisamoa continues Rams' roster churn

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams' decision to release linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa reduces his 2009 salary-cap charge from $4.257 million to $2 million. The move also reflects a continuing roster overhaul under general manager Billy Devaney and head coach Steve Spagnuolo.

The team announced the move Friday.

Rams linebackers now include: James Laurinaitis, Will Witherspoon, Chris Draft, Quinton Culberson, K.C. Asiodu, Chris Chamberlain, David Vobora, Larry Grant and Dominic Douglas.

The move pretty much affirms Laurinaitis, the team's second-round choice, as a likely starter in 2009. Laurinaitis ran with the third team during the post-draft camp, but the Rams took a similarly conservative approach with first-rounder Jason Smith as well. I wouldn't read much into how they lined up in that camp. Looking at the roster, it's tough to find anyone likely to beat out Laurinaitis based on what we know so far.

Witherspoon and Draft will presumably be the other starters. Draft has played the middle this offseason, but it's unclear how each position will shake out in the short term. We can expect additional roster moves as the Rams determine which players best fit into the new systems on both sides of the ball.