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Random Ramsdom 7/18: Caponomics, Cooks, and Problem 99.

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Cooks taken care of, but who will be next?

NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Los Angeles Rams
Les Snead and the Rams locked up WR Brandin Cooks, but is an Aaron Donald deal on the horizon?
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The Ringer discusses the Rams’ cap management options moving forward I The Ringer

Danny Heifetz of The Ringer ponders the Rams short-term flexibility as they devise a strategy to navigate the salary cap with a star-studded roster. What will be the next domino to fall and provide us with a clearer picture of the franchise’s future?

How will Le’Veon Bell’s contract saga affect Todd Gurley’s and the Rams? I Rams Wire

Cameron DaSilva explores the Le’Veon Bell contract saga and it’s ramifications for Todd Gurley’s future in Los Angeles. Will the Rams follow the Steelers’ blueprint at the negotiating table? If so, would that be unethical or just plain smart?

Cooks’ deal done, is Aaron Donald next? I Pro Football Talk, NBC Sports

Jason LaConfora reports that Aaron Donald is telling some of people in his circle that he expects a deal done before camp. You may start holding your breath now….

Beyond the stars, who could make or break the 2018 Rams I OC Register

Vinny takes a look beyond the stars, at three less-heralded Rams who will help determine this season’s fortunes.

Here is a delightful word scramble to help you figure out who Vinny’s big three are:

1) kubmae

2) tiltnotel

3) tetreev

What are the are implications of the Cooks signing? I Daily News

Ryan Kartje and Rich Hammond appear on the Daily News’ Inside The Rams podcast to discuss the Brandin Cooks deal and it’s implications.

Could the Rams end up being a disappointment? I The Big Lead, USA Today

The Big Lead’s Henry McKenna expects a down tick in the Rams offensive production and goes so far as to say that the Rams are a team destined to disappoint and that early adversity is a given for this squad. While most would disagree or be annoyed by this article, I actually appreciate the negativity for balancing out all the hype and helping the Rams karma a bit. Hopefully some players see this one, print it up, and post on the locker room door.