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Five Los Angeles Rams make SB Nation’s top 104 free agents for 2019

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The Rams have some big names atop the FA market this offseason.

Los Angeles Rams S Lamarcus Joyner against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16, Dec. 23, 2018.
Los Angeles Rams S Lamarcus Joyner against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 16, Dec. 23, 2018.
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While the 2019 NFL Scouting Combine begins this week placing much of the NFL world’s attention on the 2019 NFL Draft, it’s free agency which begins two weeks from tomorrow that will be the first step to re-shaping rosters ahead of the 2019 season.

And so as part of SB Nation’s comprehensive guide to the 2019 offseason, they’ve released their top 104 free agents which includes five Los Angeles Rams set to hit the open market.

Perhaps surprisingly to some, S Lamarcus Joyner is the top-rated Rams FA at #13 ahead of DL Ndamukong Suh at #21. OL Rodger Saffold III comes in at #35 while EDGE Dante Fowler, Jr., is #45. And ILB Cory Littleton , who is a restricted free agent compared to the other four who are unrestricted, makes the cut at #97. Should that market evaluation bear out, he’d be in for perhaps a strong tender in the RFA market; more on that in a couple of weeks.

For reference, here’s what the Rams are looking at from their own expiring contracts:

2019 Los Angeles Rams Free Agents

Player POS Type Outcome
Player POS Type Outcome
Tavon Austin WR UFA Traded
Jamon Brown G UFA Waived
Kayvon Webster CB UFA Released
Marcus Peters CB UFA (option) Optioned
Brandin Cooks WR UFA Re-signed, 5-yr, $80m
Aaron Donald DT UFA Re-signed, 6-yr, $135m
Dante Fowler, Jr. EGDE UFA Re-signed, 1-yr, $14m
Todd Gurley RB UFA (option) Re-signed, 4-yr, $60m
Rob Havenstein OL UFA Re-signed, 4-yr, $32.5m
Cory Littleton ILB RFA Tendered (2nd round)
Malcolm Brown RB RFA Tendered (original round)
Blake Countess DB RFA Tendered (original round)
Troy Hill CB RFA Tendered (original round)
Morgan Fox DE ERFA Tendered (ERFA)
Dominique Hatfield CB ERFA Tendered (ERFA)
KhaDarel Hodge WR ERFA Tendered (ERFA)
JoJo Natson KR/PR ERFA Tendered (ERFA)
Kevin Peterson CB ERFA Tendered (ERFA)
Lamarcus Joyner S UFA Signed by OAK
Rodger Saffold OL UFA Signed by TEN
C.J. Anderson RB UFA
Dominique Easley EDGE UFA
Bryce Hager ILB UFA
Matt Longacre OLB UFA
Sean Mannion QB UFA
Sam Shields CB UFA
Ndamukong Suh DL UFA
Ethan Westbrooks DE UFA
Ramik Wilson ILB UFA
Garrett Sickels OLB ERFA

That’s a ton to sort through. With all the role players the Rams have on expiring deals, sorting through that group will be the top priority. And now that LT Andrew Whitworth has informed the team he’s back for one last ride in 2019, the Rams just aren’t going to have much money to work with in free agency. Depending on how much of their role players they lock up, you’re looking at maybe re-signing one of our top free agents and then adding some low-tier veterans to fill out the roster. Of course, there’s the caveat of potential salary cap casualties or restructuring some deals to put some money back into the coffers, but as things stand the Rams are going to be pretty tight on things thanks largely to the monumental increase in salary of many of the Rams’ core players like RB Todd Gurley, WR Brandin Cooks, RT Rob Havenstein, DL Aaron Donald and CB Marcus Peters.

So while much of the NFL will be looking at the free agent market to restock their locker rooms, the Rams are in a position more of providing talent to those teams than being active themselves.

Such is the cost of the successful roster build the Rams have enjoyed in recent years.