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Chris Long restructures deal with Rams

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The Rams have given themselves a little more salary cap room for the coming season.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the team and defensive end Chris Long have agreed to restructure Long’s contract. They’ll convert some of his salary from this year into a signing bonus, which allows them to spread out the cap hit over the 2015 and 2016 seasons and cut $2 million from this year’s salary cap.

Every team needs to have some salary cap room to play with during the season in case they need to add players because of injuries or other unforeseen developments. The Rams already suffered as big an injury as they hope to see all year when quarterback Sam Bradford went down with a torn ACL, so they could use some of their newly created space for a move in that direction. There’s not much out there, though, and the team seems content to roll with Shaun Hill.

Another option could be to put cap space toward an extension for another player and defensive end Robert Quinn qualifies as a player in need of one. Quinn’s under team control for the next two years, so it’s not a pressing need and $2 million in space might not make a significant difference in what would be a sizable deal.

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15 Responses to “Chris Long restructures deal with Rams”
  1. agpowell2 says: Sep 4, 2014 2:03 PM

    This may be the last season on the Rams for Bradford, C. Long, and J. Long.

  2. lmfaooooo says: Sep 4, 2014 2:07 PM

    Bold prediction: Rams take the West at 10-6.

    Have a nice day.

  3. RegisHawk says: Sep 4, 2014 2:08 PM

    Howie not gonna like that.

  4. floratiotime says: Sep 4, 2014 2:16 PM

    Semi-bust.

  5. joemontanawasthegreatest says: Sep 4, 2014 2:25 PM

    Jeff Fisher is deftly positioning himself for another run of back to back 8-8 seasons.

  6. deeroi says: Sep 4, 2014 2:27 PM

    Good guy Chris.

  7. fcoprado says: Sep 4, 2014 2:35 PM

    The Rams will have a ton of cap space for the next off season and even more with the pending release of Bradford. Go Rams!

  8. dje81 says: Sep 4, 2014 2:39 PM

    I don’t like this move for Chris Long. That money will spend nicely in the economy of Stl. When the team moves to LA, that money will be taxed much harder.

  9. numbr4stuna says: Sep 4, 2014 2:58 PM

    Is there a reason the Rams couldn’t have cut Bradford immediately after his ACL tear and saved his cap hit for this season?

  10. mizzouram says: Sep 4, 2014 3:37 PM

    numbr4stuna says:
    Sep 4, 2014 2:58 PM
    Is there a reason the Rams couldn’t have cut Bradford immediately after his ACL tear and saved his cap hit for this season?

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    Why would they do that? There is no one out there are the market who is any good and you have to pay Bradford anyway.

  11. zvikes says: Sep 4, 2014 3:42 PM

    Just enough to trade for Ponder after the game this week. Ponder can just stay in St. Louis.

  12. flyinghighphil says: Sep 4, 2014 3:46 PM

    I don’t care what any ones say ‘s ever since he got here all he’s done is bust his ass. And help the RAMS out any other wy he can. Chris deserves a lot of credit A lot of players don’t seem to care about team anymore. IAM in no way saying RAM’S players are like that. But when the RAMS need alittle extra cash the last few years. Chris has been first in line to help . I really hope the RAMS show him the same loyalty in a few years. The RAMS need to keep p,ayers like him.

  13. swh1127 says: Sep 4, 2014 4:49 PM

    Chris is a true team player and I hope the Rams reward his loyalty to the team and most importantly to the fans we appreciate what you do on and off the field ….GO RAMS

  14. swh1127 says: Sep 4, 2014 4:51 PM

    Chris Long is a true team player and I hope the Rams reward his loyalty to the team and most importantly to the fans we appreciate what you do on and off the field ….GO RAMS

  15. bigdinla says: Sep 4, 2014 7:43 PM

    Lol at all the people that failed economics. He helped the team by taking cash now lol. He didn’t take a pay cut.

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