This is my first one of these, so forgive me if the formatting isn't quite right.
Right now the Rams have about $2 mil in cap space. Cut Hunter +4 mil. Jackson voids his final year +7 mil. As much as I hate to, cut Harvey Dahl +4 mil. I would say Mikell is a possibility but he has $14 mil guaranteed, only 8 of which has hit the cap. That would leave 6 mil in dead money (not sure if it all goes on this year or split between this year and next year). I think Mikell is much more likely to be cut after next year. Overall that leaves us with $17 mil in cap space.
(These contracts are just kinda ballparked. I'm not sure what everyone would sign for.) Re-sign Steven Jackson for 2 years/8 mil. He's the team leader and MVP and still has some tread left on his tires. Barry Richardson 1 year/1.5 mil. He can start if our future RT isn't ready come September. I would punch myself for saying this even six months ago, but re-sign Brandon Gibson 2 years/ 3 mil. Not great, but he can provide depth if needed. Re-sign Robert Turner for depth or maybe starting at one of the OG positions 2 years/3 mil. Hopefully we can re-sign William Hayes to a 4 year/ 16 mil. contract. He provides great depth and can move inside for additional pass rush in passing situations. This leaves about $4.5 mil left for draft picks and undrafted free agents. I'll leave it to the real front office to work on these numbers and make everything work.
1a) Kenny Vacarro FS Texas
Free safety is obviously the biggest need on the defense and perhaps even the whole team. I think Patterson's draft stock will rise after combine and he'll be gone. I also think the top tier linemen will all be gone, so safety it is.
1b) Keenan Allen WR Cal 6'3" 205 lbs
Possibly the most pro ready WR out there. Good size, average speed. I don't think he's gonna knock your socks off but I think he will be a solid No1 receiver for us. If Allen is already gone, any number of quality receivers are still available.
2) Menelik Watson OT FSU 6'6" 320 lbs
Big, strong guy with little football background. He's very athletic with quick feet and good hands developed while training to be a boxer. Currently rated a third rounder by many, but Kiper already has him going in the first round. I'm hoping he's there at our second pick. He may need some coaching before he's ready to start, so Barry Richardson was re-signed for this purpose. I'm really counting on Watson being here because I don't see any other starting caliber tackles being available here.
3) Stedman Bailey WR WVU 5'10" 190 lbs
Danny is gone. We didn't have the cap space to bring him back. Bailey can take his place working out of the slot. Hopefully he can also help out with some return duties. Marquise Goodwin out of Texas would be another option if Bailey is gone.
4) Kiko Alonso LB Oregon 6'4" 242 lbs
Played inside at Oregon, but has the size and ability to play in the SLB for us. Has had some booze related issues that will keep his draft stock lower than his ability dictates. As we all know, this matters little for the new Rams. Gerald Hodges would be another option here.
5) Travis Bond OG UNC 6'7" 330 lbs
Bond is a big, strong guard prospect out of Carolina. He has good mobility for a 330 pounder. Being 6'7" he has issues with staying low enough to get good leverage, but hopefully Boudreau can coach him into being a starting guard.
6) Earl Wolff SS NCSU 6'0" 207 lbs
Wolff has been a 3+ year starter for NC State. While he won't blow people up like Swearinger, he is a good tackler and makes plays all over the field. He's solid in both coverage and run defense. He will be a great special teamer while sitting behind Mikell for a year and is a strong possibility to start in 2014.
7) Gilbert Pena NT Miss 6'2" 334 lbs
I can't see Fisher getting out of the draft without getting a D-lineman. Pena is a big body and can eat up tons of space along with Brockers in the middle. He's not an every down player and probably won't eventually become a starter, but this is the seventh round. If he can make the roster, its a good pick.
I think this free agency period and draft will best fill out the holes on our roster and get us ready to make a playoff run next year. TE hasn't been addressed, but I don't feel that is as big a need as the other holes I've filled. Either Fisher or Snead (can't remember which) has stated that he likes to address entire units in the offseason. Here, offensive line, receiver and the safety units have all been upgraded. Hopefully between Turner, Rok, Shelley Smith, and Bond we can find a pair of starting caliber OGs. Also if Quick still isn't ready to meaningfully contribute, we can put Allen and Givens on the outside with Bailey in the slot, while Gibson and Pettis offer depth off the bench.