Les Snead thinks Rams have the cap space to keep their team together

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The Rams are taking a risk this offseason, trading away draft picks and loading up on players who come with expensive contracts, including many contracts that expire after this season. But Rams G.M. Les Snead says he’s not concerned.

Snead noted that the Rams are in good cap shape heading into 2019 and think they can make the necessary deals to keep the players who are slated to be free agents next year, including Aaron Donald, Brandin Cooks, Ndamukong Suh and Lamarcus Joyner.

“We have plenty of space over the next two years to lock up these guys long-term and have this core together,” Snead said, “and that’s the goal.”

The Rams have traded away their first-, second-, fourth- and fifth-round picks this year, and with only one pick in the Top 110 this season they’re going to have a hard time replenishing the roster. Which means they’ll need to keep the players they have.

41 responses to “Les Snead thinks Rams have the cap space to keep their team together

  1. He’s right. He can lock up those players for the next season or two. But not the rest of the team, who will have to walk. And which won’t be replenished by draft picks this year.

  2. The Rams only have 36 players under contract for 2019 which is why they have so much space. That includes Goff playing out the final year of his rookie contract and Gurley playing under the 5th year option.

  3. They’re all in this year, and need to stay healthy. Rams ownership has those all important PSLs to sell for their shiny new stadium in Inglewood. Getting all these star names will draw initially, but they need to win. To me, Gurley is the key. He’s the Rams’ answer to Zeke in Dallas, if he’s in business, Rams are SB contenders, if not, the offense is limited and the onus will be on the defense. In the games they lost last year, the offense couldn’t get going. It’s going to be interesting to see how all those egos mesh on defense, especially with a young coach.

  4. I don’t see how. Dragging this Donald extension out is only costing the team more and more money everyday. He is going/will be the highest paid defensive player in NFL history. I know he can’t be too happy with the team choosing to sign Suh instead of working on his deal which now looks like it will be after this season. Peters is another player who is going to try to command top dollar for his position. We haven’t even begun to mention the offense with Gurley coming up and possibly extending Cooks.

  5. LOL! I love all of the arm-chair GMs we have around here. Most of you all can’t manage to pay your credit card bills on time each month, yet are somehow experts at how an NFL team should manage their $170+ million salary cap.

    I’ll take Les Snead at his word and will wait to see how things play out over the next few seasons.

  6. Once they sing Donald to a huge deal, they be done. They won’t be able to keep all their good players. I have seen it first hand with Von Miller as a Broncos fan.

  7. @ bigfishrider

    I don’t think the defense will have too much trouble. Phillips is pretty good at getting everyone on the same page. He also ought to be a shrink as he has worked wonders with some headcases over the years.

  8. dcnupe3 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm

    LOL! I love all of the arm-chair GMs we have around here. Most of you all can’t manage to pay your credit card bills on time each month, yet are somehow experts at how an NFL team should manage their $170+ million salary cap.

    I’ll take Les Snead at his word and will wait to see how things play out over the next few seasons.
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    You mean the same LES Snead that paid Tavon Auston 10 million dollars last year for a receiver that had more Rushes than Catches last year? more fumbles then TDS as well. D’ok good luck with that salary cap going forward especially with a Franchise QB and Running back all on rookie deals and no draft picks

  9. Bull!!! This is corporate speak to get fans to buy SSLs. IF they have the cap space why not sign Joyner now instead of franchise him? This way you would have the franchise tax available next year! Also, I remember Snead saying the Rams were committed to St Louis! Today’s word meaning nothing tomorrow. See where they stand next year at this time and who has left the team. Any bets??

  10. dcnupe3 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    LOL! I love all of the arm-chair GMs we have around here. Most of you all can’t manage to pay your credit card bills on time each month, yet are somehow experts at how an NFL team should manage their $170+ million salary cap.

    I’ll take Les Snead at his word and will wait to see how things play out over the next few seasons.

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    You will take the company line over logic… interesting. Simple math and logic show the Rams will need to make tough calls on a few of their big names. That includes probably letting Todd Gurley walk…if they plan on signing Cooks, Joyner and Donald…then Goff. The Rams are creating a mess for themselves and anyone can see that. The argument is if the future mess is worth the risk. That is where an opinion can happen. The rams being in a financial bind with their salary cap moving forward isnt an opinion.

  11. I just don’t get people that post on this site that act like they are fans of the game.Please try and understand that their is a small window in a salary cap league to win a SB (Patriots the exception). So they will lose a couple of players next year…big deal! Sign the core talented group and develop the younger ones. To constantly talk smack about a team that was a laughingstock for over a decade that’s trying to build a winner by getting talented yet character flawed players either proves your ignorance or jealousy.

  12. marcsasharc says:
    April 6, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    dcnupe3 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    LOL! I love all of the arm-chair GMs we have around here. Most of you all can’t manage to pay your credit card bills on time each month, yet are somehow experts at how an NFL team should manage their $170+ million salary cap.
    I’ll take Les Snead at his word and will wait to see how things play out over the next few seasons.
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    You will take the company line over logic… interesting. Simple math and logic show the Rams will need to make tough calls on a few of their big names. That includes probably letting Todd Gurley walk…if they plan on signing Cooks, Joyner and Donald…then Goff. The Rams are creating a mess for themselves and anyone can see that. The argument is if the future mess is worth the risk. That is where an opinion can happen. The rams being in a financial bind with their salary cap moving forward isnt an opinion.

    I have a hard time respecting what you just said when you insinuated the team would let Gurley walk before letting a WR2 or talented safety walk. Come on now!

  13. Modern day NFL are not built or played without role players. This team is stacked with nothing but stars. It’s not a recipe for winning.

    Which team has taken this approach and been competitive for years?

  14. dcnupe3 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    LOL! I love all of the arm-chair GMs we have around here. Most of you all can’t manage to pay your credit card bills on time each month, yet are somehow experts at how an NFL team should manage their $170+ million salary cap.

    I’ll take Les Snead at his word and will wait to see how things play out over the next few seasons.

    Im not so sure, isnt this the same recipe Daniel Schneider tried using to build a super bowl team in Washington. How did that work out. Just because you are a rich GM doesnt mean you are the sharpest knife in the drawer.

  15. They have several good players under contract for several years. Brockers, Johnson, Whitworth,Goff until 2020,Kupp, Woods, Sullivan etc. With over 100 million in Cap Space next year they can sign Donald (23 Million), Gurley (15 Mill), Joyner (12 Mill), Peters (15 Mill) and Cooks (15 Mill). Thats 80 Million, they still would have over 20 million in cap space. They also have 8 draft picks this year and Snead has shown the last few years that he has been able to pick up some good picks in the later rounds. I hope they pick OL and Linebackers this year. With the DL of Donald, Suh and Brockers (and Easley, Westrooks and Smart as depth) this year, I don’t think they will need great Linebackers. With McVay, he works a quick, quick passing game, so OL aren’t as important as some teams.

  16. This is a HUGE risk, couple injuries to key players and they are done. Then comes next year with Gurleys contract, Goeffs 5th year option, and the rest of the rent a stars contracts. Then pile on you have no depth because you traded away your draft spots this year. Have fun filling your depth chart with 6th and 7th round picks.

  17. isithockeyseasonyet says:
    April 6, 2018 at 1:22 pm

    Recipe for disaster, there’s a reason GMs don’t build their teams this way
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    Hey genius, have you actually watched the Rams over the last 15 years doing it ‘the right way’? They managed to build a good nucleus…now it’s time to go for it. Let the Cleveland Browns hoard their cap space for years and years and win 1 game in two years. Personally, I’d rather see the team take it’s shot, which they are doing. Rams fans have waited long enough.

  18. What Les doesn’t want you to know is that there are ELEVEN projected starters who will either be on the 5th year option, restricted free agent, or outright free agent in 2019.

    Then four more (five with Zuerlein) in 2020. Then there’s Goff.

    Plus the CBA is only running through 2020, and even with THIS CBA where the cap EXPLODED, 2012’s cap was right around where 2009’s was. In 2011, it was actually less then 2009.

    Meanwhile the coming CBA will have a hard time exploding like last time, where everyone that is broadcasting games is losing money hand over fist. NBC and CBS bid for TNF was about half as much as Fox did, and ESPN is falling apart and bleeding subscribers.

    So no Les, you aren’t going to be able to keep them together, and you don’t have a 1st or 2nd rounder this year, and no 2nd rounder next year. You’ll be able to pick a few and keep them, but that’s about it. You went all in for 2018 and maybe 2019. 2020 doesn’t look good. Perhaps it can be held together for that year, but either way sometime between 2019 and 2021 the band is going to be broken up. The team playing in a brand new stadium might massively suck.

    Plus they won’t have the top 10 picks like they’ve had all but twice since 2008. (including quite a few top 2 picks)

    Throw in the prima donna divas, and that every team now has a whole offseason and a year’s tape to gameplan around McVay’s Rams and possibly even copy some of what gave him a competitive advantage, it’s not going to be easy.

    The Rams aren’t the hunter anymore, they’re going to be the hunted, and if the NFL ever gets rid of McVay’s walkie talkie advantage, watch out.

    Finally, we don’t know how this band will actually play together. On paper they look good for 2018, but there’s lots of good teams on paper in April that don’t look good come September.

  19. The elderly elephant in the room is Phillips. He will only be around for a few more years, so the Rams are rightly going for it all now. They will already be rebuilding by 2020.

  20. Feel sorry for Rams fans…going to shell out tons of cash when the stadium opens and the team will look nothing like it does today.

    If they win it all before…I’ll take back “feel sorry”

  21. I smell the same thing the niners did to get Levi stadium. Hire Harbaugh, get the team up. go to the SB and sell PSL’s.. once the stadium was built, there was no use to put up with Harbaugh’s personality, their mission was completed. The Rams are doing in the means of players, once they sell all those PSL’s.. they’ll care less about keeping any of those players and they’ll try to do it through the draft.

  22. schmitty2 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 3:00 pm
    I just don’t get people that post on this site that act like they are fans of the game.Please try and understand that their is a small window in a salary cap league to win a SB (Patriots the exception). So they will lose a couple of players next year…big deal! Sign the core talented group and develop the younger ones. To constantly talk smack about a team that was a laughingstock for over a decade that’s trying to build a winner by getting talented yet character flawed players either proves your ignorance or jealousy.

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    why is it the pats set the blueprint and no one even attempts to mirror it?

    just curious

    been asking this question for over a decade

    is it greedy, lazy owners who just feel it is easier to collude with goodell and cheat the pats to try to catch up and hope it works?

    i mean, what is it? so arrogant

  23. schmitty2 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 3:05 pm
    marcsasharc says:
    April 6, 2018 at 2:52 pm
    dcnupe3 says:
    April 6, 2018 at 1:46 pm
    LOL! I love all of the arm-chair GMs we have around here. Most of you all can’t manage to pay your credit card bills on time each month, yet are somehow experts at how an NFL team should manage their $170+ million salary cap.
    I’ll take Les Snead at his word and will wait to see how things play out over the next few seasons.
    ————————————————————–
    You will take the company line over logic… interesting. Simple math and logic show the Rams will need to make tough calls on a few of their big names. That includes probably letting Todd Gurley walk…if they plan on signing Cooks, Joyner and Donald…then Goff. The Rams are creating a mess for themselves and anyone can see that. The argument is if the future mess is worth the risk. That is where an opinion can happen. The rams being in a financial bind with their salary cap moving forward isnt an opinion.

    I have a hard time respecting what you just said when you insinuated the team would let Gurley walk before letting a WR2 or talented safety walk. Come on now!

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    well considering the Rams just gave up a first round pick for a WR in a contract year tells me they are interested in paying him to stay. Gurley is the better player but he is a RB. shorter shelf life, wear and tear, etc. They may keep 1 or the other or both. But timing, $ and future outlook appear that if one was kept and one was to walk it would be Cooks who stays.

  24. Les Snead…Exec of the Year.

    Added Peters, Talib, Suh and Cooks.

    Second most cap space in the league in 2019

    8 Draft picks THIS YEAR

    Getting at least one compensatory 3rd rounder next year.

    And people want to bash him. What’s your GM done? LOL

  25. This entire vision for the Rams is just deja vu for all the Seahawk fans… we’ve been down this road before and it pretty much has gone according to plan. Draft good (Aaron Donald, et al) – get a good, young QB on a rookie scale (Goff) the RB (Gurley) and a few select FA’s (Suh et al). You have 3 years left and counting Mr Snead and then that 100m plus to Donald and Goff and you’re back where you started a few years ago… just like the Seahawks are now.

    There’s only one NE Patriots who seem to defy the rules, but you’re all in, just like Pete and JS a few years ago. Oh, by the way Mr. Snead, forget about those high draft picks you’ve been living off of.. see you in the high 20’s every year, too. Good Luck.

    js

  26. Larry Lawson says:
    April 6, 2018 at 3:27 pm
    They have several good players under contract for several years. Brockers, Johnson, Whitworth,Goff until 2020,Kupp, Woods, Sullivan etc. With over 100 million in Cap Space next year they can sign Donald (23 Million), Gurley (15 Mill), Joyner (12 Mill), Peters (15 Mill) and Cooks (15 Mill). Thats 80 Million, they still would have over 20 million in cap space. They also have 8 draft picks this year and Snead has shown the last few years that he has been able to pick up some good picks in the later rounds. I hope they pick OL and Linebackers this year. With the DL of Donald, Suh and Brockers (and Easley, Westrooks and Smart as depth) this year, I don’t think they will need great Linebackers. With McVay, he works a quick, quick passing game, so OL aren’t as important as some teams.

    That’s the plan really. Yes they have 8 picks this year too bad 4 are 6th round picks and the NFL average of 6th round picks making a roster is about 10 %. The good news is 3 of them are 4th round picks where the NFL average of making a roster is about 20%. Making a roster does not mean playing significant time. It usually means special teams players and bottom of the depth chart players. So playing the percentages the plan is to draft 4 players in the 6th round where there is a 50-50 chance that one may make the roster and 3 fourth round picks where 1 will probably make the roster. I doubt they keep all 4 6th round picks. They will more than likely trade a couple and get into the 5th round. Either way the Rams will only come out of the draft with a couple guys that contribute much in the first couple years.

  27. You have two years max…pressure and expectations to win now are much different plus a first place schedule. No sneaking up on anyone now.

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