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Rams fans are confused by the decision affecting the playoff hero

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Unfortunately, when the Los Angeles Rams finalized their record-breaking contract to keep Aaron Donald at the “Rams House,” that $95 million decision also comes with that price: the loss of other key members of their Super Bowl 56 run.

And the Rams made a decision that left most of their fans online stumped.

The franchise announced on Twitter Wednesday, June 8 that the team had issued inside linebacker Travin Howard with a waive/no recall.

Nearly two months ago, Howard was included by the Rams in a restricted free agent tender — which he signed on April 16.

For Ram fans who probably remember that name, he became a revered playoff hero when he delivered that crucial game to seal the NFC title against the San Francisco 49ers:

Howard also proved he can play deep ball in the postseason:

But the decision has left many Ram fans confused.

A large number of Ram fans took to Twitter to react to the inside linebacker’s waiver.

“Damn! For what?” was what one fan identified as @LA_Champ_54 posted on Twitter.

Another fan named @SaiftyFirst was confused by the move in this tweet.

“Bro he made the choice that got us into the Super Bowl,” posted another Rams fan below the Rams’ tweet announcement.

Another Rams fan shared a similar tweet, and said, “Damn, really? Clutch pick to send us to the Super Bowl. Hopefully he finds somewhere else to play.”

Most other fans either quote the Rams’ transactional tweet with the hand covering the face with emojis or question marks.

However, there was one fan who chose not to be upset with Howard’s waiver online.

“Who are we at this point to judge what this front office has done for this team? We’ve signed Bobby Wagner, Jalen Ramsey, Aaron Donald, Matthew Stafford, Allen Robinson, Cooper Kupp and potential for more signings like OBJ (Odell Beckham Jr.). I won’t complain” shared fan Jake Needham.

But again, confusion reigns among Ram fans over a transaction involving one of the NFC Championship Game heroes and a defender that helped fill in the depth for a relatively thin group of inside linebackers.

“Small surprise cut,” was an online explanation from the Downtown Rams Twitter account.

Rams insider for The Athletic Jourdan Rodrigue did his part to offer an explanation for Howard’s waiver.

Her first reaction: The Rams are “squeezing” over other deals where they can.

“Howard isn’t injured and there’s not a layer of details off the field, but my current *feeling* is that they’re squeezing where they can because of the deals that get inked this week. Howard’s tender wasn’t a huge crowd, but it was still squishy. Super Talented Player” explained Rodrigue.

She also adds this detail, which could ease some tension among Ram fans who are perplexed by the move.

“I would add that it could very well be that the window is open for him to return with a lower number than the tender.” said Rodrigue. “But we will see.”

The Twitter account for the Rams Brothers podcast also sees a scenario where Howard returns for less than what he earned.

“That makes perfect sense. Travin Howard’s cap hit this year is $2.54 million with the bidding (same as gays). In comparison, Wagner’s cap hit is $2.5 million. If they try to save, they will absolutely try to bring him back – just at a cheaper deal.” was her answer.

The 26-year-old Howard produced 21 tackles, 15 solo stops and three pass deflections in 12 games.

But again, confusion reigns among Ram fans over a transaction involving one of the NFC Championship Game heroes and a defender that helped fill in the depth for a relatively thin group of inside linebackers.



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