Rams News: Defensive End William Hayes Traded To Miami Dolphins

Rams News: Defensive End William Hayes Traded To Miami Dolphins

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NFL free agency is underway and the Los Angeles Rams have already been busy as they have signed free agent wide receiver Robert Woods and offensive tackle Andrew Whitworth.

Additionally, they have let free agent receiver Kenny Britt walk as he has reportedly agreed to a deal with the Cleveland Browns. They also released center Tim Barnes, tight end Lance Kendricks and defensive end Eugene Sims, so it has been a busy last couple of days for general manager Les Snead and the rest of the front office.

They have also made a move via trade, as they announced Thursday that they have traded defensive end Eugene Sims and a seventh round pick (223rd overall) to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for a sixth round pick (206th overall).

Snead released a statement on the trade, via Myles Simmons of TheRams.com:

Hayes was a fourth round draft pick of the Tennessee Titans in 2008 and spent the last five seasons with the Rams. He missed just four games in those five years and had a total of 201 tackles and 26.1 sacks.

He had at least four sacks in each of his five seasons with the Rams, and finished with 5.0 in 2016 while starting in all 14 games he played.

The trade saved the Rams $3 million in cap space as they continue to look for cap flexibility moving forward.

Hayes was widely known for not believing in dinosaurs, but believing mermaids exist of last season’s edition of Hardknocks, the HBO show that featured the Rams.