The Los Angeles Rams parted ways with a trio of veteran players Wednesday in a series of moves to create some significant salary-cap flexibility heading into the offseason.
Laurinaitis had been an impact player since joining the Rams as a second-round pick in the 2009 draft, appearing in each of the club's 112 games and earning himself the top spot among the franchise's all-time tackling leaders.
Long, despite having dealt with injury issues over the past two seasons, remained a key contributor on the NFL's most talented defensive front. He went on to record an impressive 54.5 sacks across the eight seasons after being selected No. 2 overall in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Cook had the shortest tenure of the three, spending the past three years with the Rams after signing as a free agent in 2013, but he was a marker of consistency for an otherwise stagnant passing attack.
Los Angeles was already projected to have more than $35 million in salary-cap space prior to Wednesday's moves.
The additional $23 million saved by cutting ties makes it entirely possible that the Rams will be among the league's most active teams when it comes to adding players in free agency.