Cap hit complicates possible Steven Jackson trade

Several factors point to the possibility of more active trade efforts as the October 20 deadline approaches.  First, it’s not too early for the bad teams to throw in the towel and sell off veteran players who won’t be part of the rebuilding effort.  Second, next year’s draft is regarded as a very good one, making the picks more attractive to the rebuilding teams.  Third, several teams have coaches and G.M.’s who may feel compelled to win now or risk being replaced by one of the various head coaches lurking in the weeds with Super Bowl rings on their hands.

There’s another factor that makes it easier to pull off a trade.  Even though the rules of the last capped year require a full acceleration of all future cap charges into 2009, a lot of teams have a lot of cap space.

But as Howard Balzer of the Sports Xchange points out, the Rams don’t.  Specifically, they don’t have the cap space to absorb the acceleration resulting from a trade of running back Steven Jackson.

Balzer says that dealing Jackson would trigger an immediate hit of roughly $5 million, and that the Rams wouldn’t be able to do it without also finding other ways to instantly counter most of that amount with reductions elsewhere.
 
So while a case can be made for moving a guy who might not have anything left by the time this team becomes competitive again, don’t count on it happening this year.

16 responses to “Cap hit complicates possible Steven Jackson trade

  1. Wow, now that’s sad, the Rams ARE pathetic, just like my Bucs… but Geez! How does a team that bad not have any cap space! OUCH!!!! My pathetic Bucs have proven you don’t HAVE to spend money to suck… the Rams, apparently believe otherwise.

  2. Florio:
    Can you elaborate? I was listening to Kirwan and Tim Ryan yesterday when they were discussing the merits of a TO trade, and they both clearly said that ANY money that is tied to a player gets moved immediately to the new team. So if TO had a 6mil cap number, for example, the bills get that 6 mill back, and it moves to the new team. They explained it as ‘the team is trading for the piece of paper, the player just comes with it’.
    Is this different in this case because of previously paid bonus money to Jackson?

  3. As a Giants fan, I hope Spags eventually succeeds. I still can’t believe that he chose to go to a situation this bad. The team is awful AND no cap space? Spags should have made a better choice or, at least, waited for a better offer. In one or two years, when the Rams dump Spags because no one can fix that mess quickly, who will offer Spags a head coaching job then? Because he chose the Rams, the guy has condemned himself to being a Defensive Coordinator all over again.

  4. Do you opinion columnists realize it doesnt take 5 years to rebuild anymore. Journalism is dead in this country and bloggers like yourself really dumb down the media….scary. No wonder Obama was nominated as President….our intelligence has hit an all time rock bottom

  5. @popeye..you have two basic wrong statements. Bloggers ONLY have opinions (like yourself) and have nothing to do with jounalism. And without Obama’s organization we would be in a depression right now.
    Now what is really scary is that that you attempt to use a sports blog to rant on a political issue.
    poopeye, get a life.

  6. # Popeye says: October 17, 2009 10:00 AM
    Do you opinion columnists realize it doesnt take 5 years to rebuild anymore. Journalism is dead in this country and bloggers like yourself really dumb down the media….scary. No wonder Obama was nominated as President….our intelligence has hit an all time rock bottom
    We had a lot of practice electing the Bush’s.

  7. About six weeks ago there was a link on this site to the Dispatch where there was a column talking aobut how the Rams had more dead money than any other NFL team right now. As they pointed out, they all knew the front office were cap guys and not football guys so the lack of talent wasn’t a surprise. The surprise was they couldn’t even manage the cap – that was part of the reason Chris Draft was cut. The Rams are the sorriest franchise in football. At least with the Lions they have Stafford and Johnson to build around. The Rams have nothing. They really need to hope that Bradford comes out this year and they land him.

  8. Jackson and Ryan Grant are the only two running backs to get 100+ yards against the Vikings defense in the past 3 years. Might be longer, but don’t care to check.

  9. For the folks that are wondering, the reason he has a cap hit is the bonus acceleration. The big bonus paid out when he signed his new contract that gets split up over the life of the contract comes due in cap money all this year if he’s traded.

  10. Us Cowboys fans are just pleased as hell that GM Jones pissed away a good draft (next year’s) when the pickings are going to be exceptionally good. What a putz…
    And for the Obama worshippers – stick to football – you sound like fools…

  11. Rumors floating around are Rams are rumored in trading steven jackson to the redskins for an undisclosed pick. The talk is that redskins really need help with their running attack which was evident from Dallas and Houston games.

  12. How about rams trading steven jackson, 3rd round pick and b. gibson to the redskins for a 1st round pick, and devin thomas.

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