Rams are done for the moment, to preserve their 2019 comp picks

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Few teams have been busier this offseason than the Rams.

But after this week’s deal for wide receiver Brandin Cooks, General Manager Les Snead’s left to admit he might be done for a bit, and he’s following the lead of a few teams looking to protect future assets.

After trading for cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, signing Ndamukong Suh after he was cut by the Dolphins, they appear to be finished for the moment.

I can honestly say we can’t do much more now,” Snead said, via Peter King of SI.com.

Snead admitted that he’s unlikely to add even the cheapest free agents at this point, because he doesn’t want to risk 2019 compensatory picks.

While the exact formula isn’t known, comp picks are doled out based on the net loss of unrestricted free agents. Players who were released by their previous team or untendered restricted and exclusive rights free agents don’t count toward the formula.

The winners are the teams who lose top unrestricted free agents. So the Rams (Sammy Watkins, Trumaine Johnson), Patriots (Nate Solder, Malcolm Butler), Panthers (Andrew Norwell), and Washington (Kirk Cousins) appear to be the teams ready to cash in on third-rounders next year.

And for that reason, teams are slow-playing it until after the draft, when the rules change. If an unrestricted free agent doesn’t receive a tender from his prior team by May 8, he can then sign with a new team without affecting the comp pick formula.

That’s part of the reason the Patriots haven’t spent much in free agency (such that they ever do), and the Panthers filled their veteran safety need by signing Da'Norris Searcy (who was cut by the Titans) as opposed to one of a large group of qualified unrestricted free agents at that position.

Snead needs to stockpile all the picks he can, since he doesn’t have a first- or second-rounder this year. With so much high-end talent on his roster, he’s going to need to balance the books with cheap rookies, and the prospect of free draft picks in 2019 is enough to dissuade him from signing more help right now.

18 responses to “Rams are done for the moment, to preserve their 2019 comp picks

  1. Because comp picks really can turn your franchise around.
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    The only NFC West teams that need a “turn around” are SEA & AZ. Rams are doing just fine these days.

  2. While I assume Comp Picks are one of the factors in decision making, I’m not buying this argument.

  3. The Rams have done everything possible to “buy” this years Lombardi trophy. How much respect do teams that attemp it each year really get if they succeed? It can’t be sustained. Look at Snyder, he still hasn’t found the “secret sauce”.

  4. redlikethepig says:
    April 5, 2018 at 8:18 am
    Because comp picks really can turn your franchise around.

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    They certainly don’t hurt

  5. dwp1973 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 8:51 am

    The Rams have done everything possible to “buy” this years Lombardi trophy. How much respect do teams that attemp it each year really get if they succeed?
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    Sounds like you’re somehow saying they wouldn’t be respected as a good team if they won it all? That’s BS and everyone knows it. This team has been a dumpster fire for years, and now they’re ready to go for it. Especially in that new market, this is the right approach.

  6. dwp1973 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 8:51 am

    The Rams have done everything possible to “buy” this years Lombardi trophy. How much respect do teams that attemp it each year really get if they succeed? It can’t be sustained. Look at Snyder, he still hasn’t found the “secret sauce”.
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    Spoken like the fan of a team that has 80 mill in cap space every year. How’s that working out?

  7. Off-season Top 5
    -Philly
    -LA
    -Minnesota
    -New Orleans
    -New England

    But again, its the offseason.

    Any Given Sunday!

  8. Spoken like the fan of a team that has 80 mill in cap space every year. How’s that working out?
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    The Rams are in lala land where everything is fake. Does anyone remember giving the Eagles the the trophy back in 2015?

  9. moltensteelgumbo7 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 8:44 am
    Because comp picks really can turn your franchise around.
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    If you had the internet you could have done a quick search to see if your statement held true before you posted. According to NFL.com some of the most impactful compensatory picks
    Tom Brady
    Larry allen
    Brian Dawkins
    Hiones Ward
    LaRoi Glover
    Marues Golston
    Matt Hasselback
    Mike Vrable (Steelers)

    Even David Tyree.
    No impacts on this list at all. Waste of time eh?

  10. The Rams have done a great job. They own the LA market now with the Chargers only an afterthought. Sadly, they’ll never build a fan base in LA. They have no identity, no ‘home’ and few fans. The ‘relocation’ (executive/Goodell talk for bail out) is a disaster.

  11. The Vikings will have the most compensation picks. They will have THREE former QBs starting on different teams (Bradford, Bridgewater, Keenum) and Jet McKinnon getting PAID.

  12. factschecker says:
    April 5, 2018 at 10:06 am
    moltensteelgumbo7 says:
    April 5, 2018 at 8:44 am
    Because comp picks really can turn your franchise around.
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    If you had the internet you could have done a quick search to see if your statement held true before you posted. According to NFL.com some of the most impactful compensatory picks
    Tom Brady
    Larry allen
    Brian Dawkins
    Hiones Ward
    LaRoi Glover
    Marues Golston
    Matt Hasselback
    Mike Vrable (Steelers)

    Even David Tyree.
    No impacts on this list at all. Waste of time eh?
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    Its hard to argue with multiple HOFers, but its by chance that the players picked were that good. Most were in the later rounds where it is basically a crapshoot. Its not like these comp picks give you exclusive access to choose players other teams can’t

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