"(I) was like, if they're gonna call and ask me to (make appearances in L.A.), I must be all right," he said. "I thought maybe at worst, a pay cut. I still felt like I was producing."
Laurinaitis knows he can still play, even if he was limited by foot and elbow injuries in each of the past two seasons. He became the franchise's all-time leading tackler last season, quite an achievement for a player yet to turn 30.
Laurinaitis got the career-changing news Friday morning. He was working out at the Rams' facility when coach Jeff Fisher called him to his office.
"He said it was one of the toughest (cuts) he's had to do in his career -- up there with (Steve) McNair and (Eddie) George," Laurinaitis said.
We imagine there is only so much solace Laurinaitis can take from that, but perhaps this will end up a blessing. He hits free agency as a known entity in an offseason with plenty of money to be spent. Laurinaitis shouldn't be out of work long, and he'll likely be paid handsomely for his services.