Coples was released by the Rams on Monday, Rand Getlin of NFL Network reports. After a miserable one-year stint with Miami, the former 2012 first rounder looked for a fresh start in Los Angeles. Unfortunately, the 26-year-old wasn't able to distinguish himself from his peers. Despite a rough stretch as of late, Coples did show some flashes of potential in his early years with the Jets. While it's unlikely Coples yields a great deal of fantasy value this season, the five-year vet may very well land with another team before year's end.
Coples has signed a two-year deal with the Rams, NFL.com reports. Coples, whose deal carries a maximum value of $9.75 million, figures to work as a defensive end in the Rams' 4-3 defense, with the team looking to add some pass rushing depth following the offseason departure of Chris Long. Though Coples was limited to just eight tackles in 2015, he did record 37 tackles and 6.5 sacks while with the Jets in 2014.
Coples is expected to be waived by Miami before free agency begins. Coples didn't play much once acquired by Miami so this news shouldn't catch anyone by surprise. His release would save the team $7.75 million against the cap.
Coples didn't perform any better with Miami than he did with the Jets. Coples barely played with Miami even with all of their injuries to the linebacking corps. Perhaps next season and another training camp will give him the fresh start he needs.
Coples was claimed off waivers by the Dolphins on Tuesday, after being released by the Jets on Monday, ESPN's James Walker reports. There was no chance the 2012 first-round selection would pass through waivers, as he has at least shown signs of promise as a pass-rusher, even while largely disappointing. Coples piled up 16.5 sacks through his first three seasons, but he didn't have any in 10 games for the Jets this year, and eventually lost his part-time role in the defense. The Dolphins will likely try to work him in as a situational pass-rusher.