Minutes after the close of the franchise-tag deadline, the Los Angeles Rams made a surprise transaction on the defensive side of the ball.
Barron, 29, was entering the fourth season of a five-year deal signed in 2016 and was owed $5 million in base salary. The hard-hitting defender will count $3.33 million against Los Angeles' cap in 2019, per OverTheCap.com.
Barron's impending release opens up roughly $6.33 million to re-sign one or more of those listed above or attack another need in free agency. The Rams have around $30 million in cap space heading into the new league year, a middle of the road number league-wide.
Since joining the Rams via trade from Tampa Bay in 2014, Barron has been a consistent presence in the front seven and defensive backfield. Barron totaled 398 tackles, seven sacks and five interceptions in his five-ish seasons with the franchise. The linebacker missed the first four games of the 2018 season with an ankle injury, but returned in Week 5 and played through Los Angeles' Super Bowl run.
Barron is listed as No. 85 in NFL.com's Top 101 Free Agents of 2019 list and as the 10th-best linebacker available.