NFL rumors: Tavon Austin could be released by Los Angeles Rams
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By Matt Conner

If Tavon Austin is released by the L.A. Rams, it could mean another experienced returner hits the open market at a time the Chiefs could use a good one.

Forget the Tavon Austin that you’ve known to this point.

Austin has never really existed, at least the version that the NFL created with visions of an unstoppable offensive force cast on draftniks and St. Louis Rams fans alike. When Austin was first selected at No. 8 overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, he was billed as an electric dynamo, a lightning fast player who could return kicks, rush the football and catch it out of the backfield to create mismatches at every level.

Fast forward five years and the Rams, now in Los Angeles, are apparently ready to cut their losses, even after having signed Austin to a 4-year, $42 million extension just 18 months ago. It was after the 2015 season, one in which Austin nearly had 1,000 yards from scrimmage (yeah that’s not that impressive considering Kareem Hunt nearly doubled Austin’s total this year). The Rams, however, were desperate. Maybe their dynamo was simply slower to...

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