Right now nobody really knows how much under the cap we are. I've read two different numbers several times (12 million, and 35 million). Obviously I hope its the 35 million because that gives us much more breathing room in attaining players in free agency. I believe we will make a few moves to create a bit more cap room.
A.J Feeley was brought in to come teach Sam Bradford the mechanics about the West Coast offense. Now that we've switched offensive coordinators we will no longer use the west coast offense. This means that A.J Feeley is basically useless at this point. Last years pre-season I though Thaddeus Lewis outplayed him and I'd feel comfortable with Lewis at the number 2 spot because he brings something totally different to our offense. A.J Feeley is due $2.25 million dollars next year which is basically a waste. I feel we can create some cap room here by getting rid of him.
James Butler came along with the Spagnuolo regime. His play does not reflect his salary. He is clearly getting over paid and it needs to be fixed in my opinion. We have two options here: If Spags still believes in him, he can restructure his contract to something more suitable, or we can release him. Some want to re-structure because he is the closest thing we have to a veteran in the secondary which now some seem to think is a weakness. Butler is due $3 million dollars next season. I believe it is best for both sides if we went our seperate ways, though Spags and Devaney may feel different.
Jacob Bell was signed by the Rams in 2008. He signed a 6 year $36 million dollar deal. He is due $6 million dollars next season. When we signed him, he was playing at a pro bowl level. His play has slowly become worse. At this point, we absolutely have to restructure his contract because he hasn't deserved this type of money for the last 3 seasons. Also, we have tons of money tied up in the offensive line. I dont see releasing him as an option because we have a hole at the other Guard spot and releasing Bell would just create a big problem.
These 3 moves I believe will create some space for us to sign another starter in free agency. The business part of football can be cruel at times, though when being paid big bucks you have to preform big. I think we should do all three of these moves, though I am sure we all have different opinions, and at the end of the day, Devaney and Spags will take care of business.