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Los Angeles Rams Head Coach Sean McVay: “Not realistic to get everyone paid”

Uh oh, the offseason is coming in full-swing. Get ready to see some potential movement.

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Most Los Angeles Rams fans are already aware of the lack of cap space the Rams will have to work with as they enter the 2020 NFL Offseason (roughly $25m per Over The Cap), which is why it should come as no surprise that Head Coach Sean McVay recently stated it simply isn’t a realistic endeavor to pay every player that’s slated to head into the free agent market.

In the article above, McVay explicitly said:

You’d love to see everyone get paid, you’d love to be able to keep everybody

Unfortunately, that’s not real and that’s not realistic

You’d always love to be able to retain your own guys. As you’re continuing to kind of navigate through what’s the best way to shape out our roster, given the financials and all those types of things, those are things that you work through.

Frustrating, but something that you have to deal with, and everybody has to deal with that.

It’s important to note that the Rams are scheduled to lose multiple key players, most notably defenders EDGE Dante Fowler Jr., ILB Cory Littleton, and DT Michael Brockers, as well as LT Andrew Whitworth.... and more. Here’s the never-ending list of guys slated to reach free agency in March:

2020 LA Rams Free Agents

Player POS Type Outcome
Player POS Type Outcome
Malcolm Brown RB UFA Re-signed, 2-yr $3.25m
Blake Countess DB UFA Waived
Jared Goff QB UFA Optioned
Tyler Higbee TE UFA Re-signed, 4 yr $31m
Troy Hill CB UFA Re-signed, 2-yr $8.25m
Marcus Peters CB UFA Traded
Aqib Talib CB UFA Traded
Austin Blythe OL UFA
Blake Bortles QB UFA
Michael Brockers DL UFA
Marqui Christian DB UFA
Dante Fowler, Jr. EDGE UFA
Bryce Hager ILB UFA
Cory Littleton LB UFA
Mike Thomas WR UFA
Andrew Whitworth LT UFA
Greg Zuerlein K UFA
Morgan Fox DE RFA
Jojo Natson KR/PR RFA
Adonis Alexander CB ERFA
Josh Carraway OLB ERFA
Kendall Blanton TE ERFA
Chandler Brewer OL ERFA
Josh Carraway LB ERFA
Marquise Copeland DL ERFA
Donte Deayon CB ERFA
Greg Dortch WR ERFA
Landis Durham LB ERFA
Dominique Hatfield CB ERFA
Jeff Holland OLB ERFA
Jeremiah Kolone OL ERFA
Johnny Mundt TE ERFA
Jachai Polite EDGE ERFA
Coleman Shelton OL ERFA
Nate Trewyn OL ERFA
Nsimba Webster WR ERFA
Ethan Wolf TE ERFA
John Wolford QB ERFA

As you can see, the Rams have quite a laundry list of guys to take care of and a minimal amount of cap space to work with, meaning some guys are certain to be playing in different uniforms in 2020.

These quotes from McVay come right after both Fowler and Littleton stated they “understand it’s a business, but would love to be back” with the Rams:

Buckle up folks, it’s going to be a long and interesting offseason.