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Chris Long restructures deal with Rams

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The St. Louis Rams have had little cap room for the majority of the offseason after big money deals were given to tackle Jake Long and tight end Jared Cook.

St. Louis had just $244,053 in cap space and needed room to sign their upcoming draft class which includes two first round selections. According to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Rams were able to get some help with defensive end Chris Long agreeing to restructure his contract.

Long will get the same amount of money but the restructured deal gives the Rams as extra $4.5 million in cap space. Per Thomas, Long was scheduled to make $13.25 million in base salary this season. Six million of his base salary was converted to a roster bonus with the cap hit prorated over the final four years of his contract.

The new deal gives the Rams the ability to sign their draft class and finally submit the contract for offensive lineman Chris Williams that they couldn’t afford despite agreeing to the deal three weeks ago.

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21 Responses to “Chris Long restructures deal with Rams”
  1. mustbechris says: Apr 23, 2013 5:14 AM

    Didn’t the Longs go 1-2 in that draft? I wonder why Jake’s contract expired while Chris still has FOUR YEARS on his with big salary numbers. Did Jake’s contract void?

  2. dcapettini says: Apr 23, 2013 6:57 AM

    What if the Dophins are right and this guy just doesn’t have it anymore? This guy just keeps getting more expensive every year and you can’t cut him next year because of the enormous cap hit. Probably not in 2015 either.

  3. exboomer says: Apr 23, 2013 7:58 AM

    It appears the management of the Rams don’t know how to do their jobs. How could they end up with only 240,000 for this year in cap space? Some one needs to look into how that happened.

  4. jjb0811 says: Apr 23, 2013 8:11 AM

    I don’t get it. Why would teams continually write poor contracts? Every team every year ‘restructures’ contracts. By this time in age, you figure they would know how to write a team and player contract that doesn’t need to be torn up annually.

    As for re-writing the contract to free up cap space, what is the point of a salary cap if all you have to do is simply pay a large bonus and a small weekly salary?

  5. laurinaitis4mvp55 says: Apr 23, 2013 9:06 AM

    Go Rams

  6. brutus9448 says: Apr 23, 2013 9:27 AM

    I feel bad for the rams for getting jake long. Watch the rams dolphins game from last year and you’ll know what I mean. And he hasn’t finished a season in 3 years. Good luck!

  7. bslo says: Apr 23, 2013 9:36 AM

    This team’s cap situation baffles me. By my count, they have only 10 players making significant money this year: Bradford, Cook, Jake Long, Wells, Dahl, Chris Long, Langford, Hayes, Laurinaitis and Finnegan.

    How can they be so close to the cap? Some of the cap numbers for those players must be completely out of whack!

  8. eyeamlegend says: Apr 23, 2013 9:47 AM

    Damn, those are the worst first 4 comments I’ve ever seen posted on a thread ever.

  9. jimmyt says: Apr 23, 2013 9:59 AM

    It never ceases to amaze me as to how many people post on this site that pay absolutely no attention to football. We have one post that doesn’t know that Chris Long just signed his new contact last season, another who thinks this entire article is about Jake Long and two more who don’t know anything about the salary cap and how it is managed.

  10. accipiterq says: Apr 23, 2013 10:08 AM

    First few comments on this story were an absolute avalanche of ignorance. Wow.

  11. whysomanylosers says: Apr 23, 2013 10:11 AM

    At least the Ravens got a SB championship out of all their cap problems. What is the Ram’s front office excuse?

  12. jbaxt says: Apr 23, 2013 10:55 AM

    Attn: Brandon Albert, see how working with an organization equals satisfaction? It will be tough for you next year to make 6-7 million a year when you’re playing RT or G. #idiot

  13. kissmytaintpatriotsrule says: Apr 23, 2013 11:03 AM

    It’s apparent that none if the commenters are Patriots fans. Just goes to show Patriots fans = most intelligent fans. Chris long the left tackle for the dolphins???? lol

  14. beavertonsteve says: Apr 23, 2013 11:52 AM

    It will be funny if the Rams end up using some of that money to pay his brother.

  15. fballguy says: Apr 23, 2013 11:55 AM

    Most amusing thread of comments I’ve read in a while.

  16. deeppurple13 says: Apr 23, 2013 11:57 AM

    That’s what you get when the #1 pick is a QB with an uncapped rookie wage scale. If I were the Rams brass, I would have been looking at Sam Bradford for a restructure rather than Long. I for one am glad that the rookie wage scale has taken effect. Those that have earned the big money should be the ones to get the mega-deals. The only team in recent memory that is not suffering from cap hell and actually proving to be a contender is ATL and that might not have been the case if Matty Ice went #1 overall.

  17. melkipershero says: Apr 23, 2013 1:16 PM

    What if the Dophins are right and this guy just doesn’t have it anymore? This guy just keeps getting more expensive every year and you can’t cut him next year because of the enormous cap hit. Probably not in 2015 either.

    This is just sad. We need a football iq test to be able to post or something. The Rams had high picks during the uncapped rookie wage scale. Bradford is way overpaid, and so is Chris Long, but Chris is actually a really good D.E. His brother is a really good L.T. Ah, hell, this poster still won’t figure it out.

  18. seahawkfan4evr says: Apr 23, 2013 1:26 PM

    GO HAWKS!!!

  19. wilsonwillbreaku says: Apr 23, 2013 1:28 PM

    already with cap problems Rams fans? You haven’t even caught SF or SEA yet…and im talking about overall depth and talent on your roster…not that lucky 4-1-1 you pulled out of your a** last season. You’re being out-GM’ed by both teams ahead of you. Get used to 3rd best in the NFCW for the next decade, at least you are better than AZ.

  20. iced107 says: Apr 23, 2013 8:20 PM

    already with cap problems Rams fans? You haven’t even caught SF or SEA yet…and im talking about overall depth and talent on your roster…not that lucky 4-1-1 you pulled out of your a** last season. You’re being out-GM’ed by both teams ahead of you.
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    Out gm’ed? Lol.. youngest roster in nfl , huge turn around.

    so what’s your excuse for losing? Being out coached? LOL

  21. garyhd01 says: Apr 24, 2013 4:54 PM

    well we in the know had to know we didn’t have a lot of options restructure wise laurinitis and long while both signing last year as we see could restructure now lets go get some guys unless the rams feel comfortable with the ability to restructure laurinitis don’t trade down to add picks get some good guys and if anyone wants to let us trade up real reasonable I say what ya got

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