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TST Roundtable: Which 5 Players are Most Likely to Get Cut with a New Regime?

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A couple of days ago, the TST staff put their heads together to try to determine which players were safest with a new regime. I wanted to follow that up with a look at the other side of that equation: who’s most likely to be cut?

Rules were pretty much the same as last time. No pending free agents and no trades either. To put it as simply as possible, who’s contract will a new Rams regime terminate?

Here’s what the staff had to say:

Brandon Bate (@NoPlanB_)

  1. Brian Quick (I SAID NO FREE PENDING AGENTS BRANDON!)
  2. Rodger Saffold
  3. Lance Kendricks
  4. Tim Barnes
  5. Cory Harkey

seattlerams (@seattlerams_nfl)

  1. Tim Barnes - Just $250K of dead money and a cap savings of $2.25M against the cap
  2. Robert Quinn - Injuries have limited the career of Robert Quinn the last two years with just 9 sacks and 17 games played. He’s no longer a $10M per year player and while the team would take a $5M cap hit by moving on, they could save $5M on the 2017 cap as well.
  3. Lance Kendricks - The Rams would save $4.2M against their cap without any dead money.
  4. Cody Wichmann - $592K cap savings isn’t a lot in the grand scheme of things, but there is no reason to keep someone around who is as lost on play to play basis as Cody.
  5. Tre Mason -I wish Tre nothing but the best, and do hope that he receives the help he needs, but yes, I want that $752K cap back in the bank.

RamBuck (@lannyosu)

  1. Rodger Saffold
  2. Lance Kendricks
  3. Greg Robinson
  4. Robert Quinn
  5. Tim Barnes

Eddie Perez (@iAmEddieP_)

  1. Lance Kendricks
  2. Tim Barnes
  3. Cody Wichmann
  4. Andrew Donnal
  5. Robert Quinn

The offensive terminations are easy - the players just aren't holding up their weight. On defense, Quinn is tougher since he is an impact player when healthy. However, healthy is something he hasn't been over the past 2 seasons.

Blaine Grisak (@bxgrisak1993)

  1. Greg Robinson
  2. Lance Kendricks
  3. Tim Barnes
  4. Eugene Sims
  5. Roger Saffold

Sean Wilkinson (@Papa_Lurch)

I had the benefit of laying eyes on all of the other lists prior to compiling mine. My rationale was two-fold. I wanted to trim as much excess salary as possible while opening playing time for younger players who could positively impact the franchise.

  1. Lance Kendricks - cutting him saves $4.25M against the cap. Let’s see what ‘Little Baby Gronk’ can do.
  2. Tim Barnes - he’s a below average center and the Rams save $2.25M by cutting him. You can find a better C in the middle rounds of the draft.
  3. Cody Davis - Why does this dude have a cap number of $1.6M in 2017?
  4. Eugene Sims - Sims is a fantastic depth player, but the Rams have Ethan Westbrooks and Matt Longacre who are able to step up and fill that role. Savings: $3.25M
  5. William Hayes - this was the most difficult decision for me. Robert Quinn clearly isn’t playing at a $10M+ level the past two seasons, but he’s still only 26 and $10M for a pass rusher is a fair value in today’s NFL. Hayes is 31 and the Rams have the aforementioned youth waiting in the wings at DE. Savings: $2.5M

You likely noticed the absence of Greg Robinson and Rodger Saffold. While I’d agree that Robinson deserves to be cut, the Rams save nothing by doing so. If they give up on him as a left tackle I’d expect them to try him at guard. As for Saffold.... when you’re OL is as bad as the Rams is, you don’t cut your best lineman

By cutting these five players, the Rams save $13.85M against the 2017 cap. They would also opening playing time for Tyler Higbee and their young DEs while trimming dead weight.

Funny coincidence (totally not planned)... Trumaine Johnson is a pending free agent. Spotrac’s projected market value? $14.2M per year.