Rams have plenty of cap space to clear

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Not long ago, the Saints had the worst 2021 salary cap situation in the league. But the Saints systematically have chipped away their excess cap dollars. Currently, the Rams have the worst cap situation.

Via spotrac.com, the Rams exceed the 2021 cap by more than $32 million. G.M. Les Snead has said that the Rams will try to get in line with the cap by restructuring contracts, not cutting players.

The candidates for a simple restructuring, which entails converting 2021 compensation items into a signing bonus and spreading the cap charges out over multiple years, are obvious. The Rams have only 11 players due to make $2.5 million or more in 2021. Those are the guys who likely will be asked to agree to a reshuffling of cash that gives them the same money now, but that drops their cap number in the current year.

The candidates for a restructuring are: defensive tackle Aaron Donald ($19.982 million salary); cornerback Jalen Ramsey ($17.5 million salary), quarterback Matthew Stafford ($19.5 million compensation); receiver Cooper Kupp ($13 million compensation); receiver Robert Woods ($12.5 million compensation); tackle Andrew Whitworth ($9.5 million compensation); defensive lineman Michael Brockers ($8 million compensation); tackle Rob Havenstein ($6.75 million salary); tight end Tyler Higbee ($6.5 million compensation); punter Johnny Hekker ($3.75 million salary); defensive tackle A'Shawn Robinson ($2.75 million compensation).

A restructuring, obviously, kicks cap dollars into future years. At some point, there will be a reckoning. Of all years, however, this is the year to consider moving cap dollars out of 2021. The cap is down now, it will go up later.

However the Rams do it, they’ve got four days to figure it all out.

11 responses to “Rams have plenty of cap space to clear

  1. Umm, ya think? About 40 million if they want to be able to draft and sign rookies.

    lol

    How Snead remains employed is the 9th Wonder of the World.

  2. He remains employed because they are a playoff team a lot, and have gone deep. Plan is working and if Stafford was the missing piece Snead and Sean will be around forever.

  3. You’re all about to find out why Les Snead is the best at three things: 1) Finding talent in the mid to late rounds of the draft 2) Signing talented UFAs, and 3) Making the salary cap irrelevant year after year after year.

  4. lowercasejay says:
    March 13, 2021 at 11:05 am
    He remains employed because they are a playoff team a lot, and have gone deep. Plan is working and if Stafford was the missing piece Snead and Sean will be around forever.

    35 16 Rate This

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    Anyone can write checks. The problem is they have drafted poorly and imported all the talent. Whoops!

  5. Restructuring contracts and not cutting players = kicking the can down the road.

    How long can the Rams keep doing that until it catches up with them?

  6. May as well kick the cap can down the road to the years when the draft cupboard will be bare and the team will suck anyway. And that’s not as far down the road as you might think.

  7. “Rams have plenty of cap space to clear”
    “the Rams exceed the 2021 cap by more than $32 million”

    If the Rams are over the cap, they have zero cap space. How do you “clear” something that doesn’t exist. I think you mean that they need to “create” cap space…

  8. And now all of the L.A. Rams over the cap space has been cleared. It seems this wasn’t a problem after all.

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