Report: Rams punter Johnny Hekker restructures contract

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Rams General Manager Les Snead conceded that they are about to make defensive tackle Aaron Donald the highest paid defensive player in league history.

With that in mind, the Rams appear to be checking the couch cushions for whatever change they can find.

According to Field Yates of ESPN.com, the Rams restructured the contract of punter Johnny Hekker. The move converted $1.21 million of Hekker’s 2018 base salary to a signing bonus paid immediately. It saves the team $968,000 in cap space this season while pushing an additional $242,000 in cap commitments to each of the next four seasons of his deal.

The Rams currently have the least amount of salary cap space of any team in the league, according to NFLPA numbers. The team will have to find the space needed to accommodate Donald’s impending deal, though the year one cap hit could potentially be pretty negligible depending on how the contract is structured. Hekker’s contract restructure is one way for the Rams to get the space needed so they can take care of the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

4 responses to “Report: Rams punter Johnny Hekker restructures contract

  1. Longtime fan here. I love the many moves the Rams have made, but you have to worry about the cap these next years with new contracts coming up for Donald, Peters, Goff, Gurley, Cooks and Joyner plus the right side of the o-line. Pushing cap hits to 2019, 20, 21 etc. is they only way to give Donald what he wants and deserves, but is it sustainable? I sure hope they can figure it out.

  2. haanster says:
    April 12, 2018 at 2:48 am
    Longtime fan here. I love the many moves the Rams have made, but you have to worry about the cap these next years with new contracts coming up for Donald, Peters, Goff, Gurley, Cooks and Joyner plus the right side of the o-line. Pushing cap hits to 2019, 20, 21 etc. is they only way to give Donald what he wants and deserves, but is it sustainable? I sure hope they can figure it out.

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    I agree Haanster. We have to take a shot though while we can and deal with the aftermath in the future. Who knows who will step it up on our bench, if we are now a legit Free Agent destination or if we win it all now, do we become the Patriots, getting guys to play for the cheap. The Rams are also looking to sell tickets now and for the future. I have paid Direct TV $5,300 since 1999 (our only Super Bowl Victory). If they are going for it this year, I am all in (as you are also).

  3. In todays NFL nothing is really sustainable but the Rams are going for it and they should be able to keep the key guys for a few years without any issues . Talib , Suh one year deals and Goff is years away , the RAMS WILL BE FINE CAP WISE

  4. They won’t be able to satisfy Donald without shedding contracts.

    A bunch of expensive malcontents who will begin bickering immediately.

    And their best player just hearing promises and not seeing the money.

    Goth btw last yr on rookie contract is 2019 and he’ll want $$ too.

    LOL

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