The Los Angeles Rams have applied minimum salary tenders to RB Malcolm Brown and CB Troy Hill. Both are exclusive rights free agents and should be back in training camp to try and make the 53-man roster again for 2018.
Brown’s in a good position to fight for the backup RB spot again behind Just Todd Gurley. That might not have been the case had things worked out with RB Lance Dunbar, but as the Rams released him last week he won’t be in the mix. I suppose the question is if the Rams will seek another option to join the backup RB battle with Brown and RB Justin Davis.
As for Hill, he was a plus rotational corner late in the season after CB Kayvon Webster went down with an Achilles injury. We’ll have to get past the 2018 NFL Draft before trying to put together a CB depth chart, because it could get more crowded. Even with CB Marcus Peters, CB Aqib Talib and CB Sam Shields now all in the fold, the Rams could add a draft pick and/or a UDFA add. With CB Trumaine Johnson having already thanked fans as he hits the market and slot CB Nickell Robey-Coleman set to be come a UFA on Wednesday, the CB roster battle for the 53-man is going to be intense.
And now a bit on how this kind of free agency all works...
The difference in free agency status depends on how many “accrued seasons” a player has. An accrued season is one in which a players plays in at least six regular season games. Practice squad time and the reserve physically unable to perform (PUP) list for non-football injuries also doesn’t count toward an accrued season. If they have more than three when their contract expires, they become unrestricted free agents. Restricted free agents have exactly three accrued seasons. ERFAs have less than three.
Tenders are one-year deals that assign salary but also compensation if a player signs elsewhere (for RFAs only). Whatever tender is applied to RFAs, a team can sign those players but have to sacrifice the tender value. Consider Rams OLB Matt Longacre who is scheduled to become a RFA on Wednesday. If the Rams apply a first-round tender to him, they have to pay him more for 2018 alone, but if a team comes in on a bigger deal and the Rams opt not to match they’ll receive a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. ERFAs can’t be signed to other teams, so they get stuck with whatever tender they are offered.
Here are the levels for RFA tenders this year with “low” representing a tender of whatever round the player was selected in (if at all):
2018 RFA Tenders— Joel Corry (@corryjoel) March 6, 2018
2nd Round: $2.914M
For ERFAs, they get tendered somewhere between $525k and $750k. Both should be around that $525 range since they were both offered minimum tenders.
Stay tuned. It’s about to go down...