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Los Angeles Rams can restructure QB Jared Goff’s contract to create $17m in cap space

Are the Rams willing to make the move?

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Entering the offseason, the Los Angeles Rams are slated to be one of the more cash-strapped teams in the NFL as Over The Cap projects the Rams to have only $25.4m in cap space, with a boatload of impending free agents to re-sign. As you can see, there are multiple starters from both sides of the ball that are likely to test the market on the list of never-ending upcoming free agents:

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

Looking at the roster, the Rams have some flexibility as it pertains to creating cap space, though none can create as much space as restructuring QB Jared Goff’s deal after signing him to a mega-extension in September. Restructuring Goff would free up just under $17m in cap space, by essentially taking his massive roster bonus ($21m) and spreading it among the remaining years of the contract:

It’s a weird topic to be discussing because Goff just signed his extension prior to the season, but the Rams are so cash-strapped that they may not have many options. It doesn’t help that Goff had a down year, but a move like this isn’t made unless the team plans to keep the player as there will be bigger dead money hits in later years in the event of a restructure.

Still, with a lack of options to help clear cap space, restructuring Goff may be the golden ticket to helping the Rams surround him with more talent, ensuring his play can trend upwards once again.

Outside of this potential move, there may be only one certainty as it pertains to creating cap space, and that’s cutting veteran S Eric Weddle. Moving on from Weddle would save the Rams $4.25m, and while that may not seem like much, it could be the difference between losing another starter elsewhere at a less expendable position.

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