The Rams are parting ways with offensive lineman Adam Timmerman. Head coach Scott Linehan told Timmerman on Monday that he was being released and the team was moving in a different direction.

Timmerman has spent eight seasons with the Rams leading them to two Super Bowl appearances and one Super Bowl title. He joined the team from Green Bay after the 1998 season and was placed in the starting lineup right away.

"I told Adam we’ve just got to make a move with some of these players that were starting to emerge, and that at this point in his career he probably doesn’t deserve to be a backup," Linehan said. "Our organization is indebted to him for his years of service. He helped a great offense. Got to a couple Super Bowls. He had a great run with the Rams."

Timmerman played in 177 consecutive games with St. Louis, but suffered from cracked ribs and missed all but one snap of the final three games of last season. The Rams won all three of those games.

"I figured there wasn’t too much to hash through," Timmerman said. "It still doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. But I guess it doesn’t have to. I would’ve liked the opportunity to compete for a job, but that’s obviously not in the cards."

The Rams will save $1.3 million in cap space by releasing Timmerman. They also released veteran linebacker Dexter Coakley.