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Rams restructure deals for Chris Long, Austin Pettis

News emerged Thursday morning that the Rams restructured Chris Long's contract, giving the team some much-needed flexibility under the cap.

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The St. Louis Rams restructured Chris Long's contract this week. It was a simple move converting base salary into bonus money in order to free up cap space, the second time they've done that since signing Long to a four-year, $60 million contract extension in 2012.

Long wasn't the only one getting a contract adjustment from the Rams. Wide receiver Austin Pettis did too, but his included a pay cut.

Those twin moves give the Rams some much needed relief under the salary cap. According to the latest numbers from the NFLPA, the Rams were $4,073,033 under the cap as of 10:42 a.m. ET on Thursday. Teams need some cap room during the season in case they need to make a move to cover for injuries, etc.

Neither move is a particular surprise. Long had a cap number of $12.9 million this year. Pettis' cap hit was $1.5 million before his restructure.

Long's contract was restructured in April 2013, converting $6 million of his base salary into roster bonus.