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Spotrac NFL Financial Previews Line Up Major Decisions For LA Rams

Decision time is looming...

Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead
Los Angeles Rams GM Les Snead
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Over at Spotrac, they’ve got a primer up ahead of free agency that looks at the snapshot of every NFL team.

As for the Los Angeles Rams, we’re set for a very, very active offseason:

Current Projected Top 51 Cap Space: $39M

Draft Slot: No First

Key Needs: CB, OL, WR/TE

Potential Cap Casualties:

Even with ample cap space it's hard see the Rams keeping Lance Kendricks (TE, $4.25M) on the roster past March 11th (when he's due a $500,000 roster bonus). Eugene Sims (DE, $3.25M) could be the odd man out on the defensive line, while Greg Robinson (OT, $6.77M) is a veritable bust as a #2 overall pick, but with zero saved to release him he probably survives his contract year season.

Offseason Notes:

Trumaine Johnson (CB) played out a franchise tag in 2016, and carries a $13M market value heading into this offseason. If the Rams can't bring him back, they'll be VERY thin in the secondary. The Rams have done well to extend their own early, so for the most part, the core is intact. Los Angeles will have to decide on 5th year options for both Aaron Donald (DT), and Greg Robinson (OT).

Notable Free Agents:

Trumaine Johnson (CB, 27, projected AAV: $13M)

Kenny Britt (WR, 28, projected AAV: $5M)

It’s worth pointing out the full list of free agents the Rams are looking at at this point:

2017 LA Rams Free Agents

Player POS Type
Player POS Type
Stedman Bailey WR UFA
Kenny Britt WR UFA
Benny Cunningham RB UFA
Trumaine Johnson CB UFA
Case Keenum QB UFA
T.J. McDonald S UFA
Brian Quick WR UFA
Chase Reynolds RB UFA
Cam Thomas DE UFA
Greg Zuerlein K UFA
Dominique Easley DL RFA
Ethan Westbrooks DL RFA
Matt Longacre DE ERFA
Louis Trinca-Pasat DT ERFA

So while the Rams do have a $40m war chest they’re taking into March 9 when free agency opens, they’ve got some immediate spending decisions they might have to put up for.

Spotrac’s snapshot serves as a valuable indicator of where the national feeling is on the Rams’ roster (and it’s worth reading for the other 31 capsules as well) with just a few weeks left for roster evaluation.

In less than a month, the floodgates open...