In a move that comes as no surprise, the Rams have released veteran guard Harvey Dahl. 2014 was the last year of Dahl's contract, one that was restructured in September, 2013. Dahl's contract had a $2 million roster bonus due on March 13. The timing of his release allows the Rams an overall $4 million cap space savings (the entirety of his contract for 2014). The net savings against the salary cap is $3.58 million, for his contract is replaced in the off season top-51 cap hits by another players' $420,000 contract.
No surprise here but #Rams making it official on G Harvey Dahl. He's been released.— Nick Wagoner (@nwagoner) March 10, 2014
Dahl's release adds another element of uncertainty to the Rams' offensive line, heading into free agency. Rodger Saffold is expected to sign with another team. Both Chris Williams and Shelley Smith become free agents on Tuesday. Scott Wells' long-term status is still up in the air.
Apparently the Rams have a "Plan B" in place for the opening of free agency on Tuesday.
Plan B underway minus Saffold? Rams showing interest in KC offensive guard Geoff Schwartz, according to league sources.— Jim Thomas (@jthom1) March 10, 2014
From Nick Wagoner - ESPN:
"A league source indicated Monday that the Rams are among the teams to express interest in Kansas City offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz. Schwartz has versatility similar to Saffold and, like Saffold, is a better fit at guard. Schwartz also figures to be a hot commodity but could make sense as a Saffold replacement at a lesser cost."
It will interesting to see how the Rams address the issues surrounding the offensive line in the coming days. Will they sign Geoff Schwartz? Or sign another free agent for the offensive line? Will Shelley Smith and/or Chris Williams be re-signed? Stay tuned...
At noon on Tuesday, I will be publishing a complete salary cap update, with the amount of salary cap space the Rams will have available heading into free agency at 4pm.