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Los Angeles Rams save money and gain flexibility with Robert Quinn trade

The Rams offseason plan starts to come into focus as Les Snead works the phones at the combine

Los Angeles Rams Introduce Sean McVay - News Conference Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images

Credit Les Snead and Sean McVay. They aren’t showing any inkling of complacency after an 11 win season that took most in the NFL by surprise.

A week ago, the Los Angeles Rams took us all by surprise when they acquired Marcus Peters for pennies on the dollar. At the time, the move was looked at as a way to justify letting Trumaine Johnson walk in free agency. It was a good argument, too. Peters is younger and is viewed as one of the most physically gifted cornerbacks in the NFL. Yes, he has some ‘character’ issues, but the Rams are obviously comfortable enough with them to bring him into the fold.

Today, that same trade can be viewed in a different light. With today’s trade of Robert Quinn to the Miami Dolphins, the Rams saved about $11.5M in cap space - bringing their running total to just under $50M. Keeping Tru to pair with Peters is no longer out of the question.

It also opens the Rams to the free agency market if they choose not to retain all of their own high-profile free agents. Maybe Snead and McVay have their eyes on someone in particular, but I have no idea who that could be at this point.

All I know is that the Rams have cleared cap space in a couple different ways already, and the league year hasn’t even started yet. Buckle up, Rams fans. The next two weeks are going to be wild.