I came across an interesting article in Bleacher Report a few days back. One of their lead writers had a piece about The Rams making a trade for Dallas Cowboy receiver Dez Bryant. On the surface it sounded great however, the ultimate question is: How much? My offer would be a second round draft pick in 2013. The Rams have two number one selections. Giving up a number two for Bryant's talent seems reasonable.
Bryant is a big physical wideout with punt return ability. At 6'2 225, the aggressive receiver has the body to out muscle defensive backs. Bryant has the leaping ability to win most contested balls, and the strength to take the ball away from defenders. This year Bryant will earn $1,335,000. He will turn 24 in November. The age, talent , and price work. In 2013 Bryant is due $1,557,500.
I took a look at the potential salary cap number for The Rams in 2013. With the new contracts for Laurinaitis and Long, and the potential savings from the contracts of Steven Jackson and Quentin Mikell, I estimate the 2013 salary cap to fall between15-18 million dollars.
With the salary cap number in that range, FS Jairus Byrd would be an option in free agency for 2013. Currently he makes approximately $1,200,000. Ed Reed is the top earning FS with a salary of $7,200,00. There are no guarantees in free agency, but the opportunity to start on a young team moving up is an offer that would be hard to pass on, provided the price is right.
Opinions and disagreements are always welcome.