I, and the rest of the NFL, will never understand how the cap works if teams keep making things happen when it’s been heavily reported they have little to no space to make new deals.
But with Woods’ latest extension, the Rams now have the 10th (Woods) and 13th (Kupp) highest paid wide receivers in terms of average annual value (AAV) in the NFL. They also still have those mega deals on the books for quarterback Jared Goff, defensive tackle Aaron Donald, and cornerback Jalen Ramsey.
So how are the Rams doing this? And is having this many big-time contracts going to come back to bite them in the near future? As of now, the Rams have three different contracts with a total value of over $100 million. They also have five contracts with average annual values of $15+ million.
In all honesty, with those top five players signed, there’s no one else on the team that screams “need to be signed.” They’ve got a good group of young players at various positions across the roster, including running back (Cam Akers), safety (Taylor Rapp, Jordan Fuller, John Johnson), and outside linebacker (Samson Ebukam), so they may be in a unique position where they can sort’ve coast the next year or so before things start to really get hectic.
I’m not the biggest cap guy myself, in all fairness. But at face value, it seems like things could get messy in the near future. I may be wrong, I’ll admit that. But I’m curious about all of your opinions.
Do you all think the Rams will be okay going forward, or do you believe this cap handling will come back to bite them later on? Was handing out another big extension to a wide receiver the smart move? Let me know in the comments.
And now for today’s links.
Former Broncos and Rams RB C.J. Anderson has retired from the NFL (Bleacher Report)
The Rams gave Robert Woods a 4-year, $65 million extension (Bleacher Report)
Cameron DaSilva highlights how the Rams’ twitter account interacted with fans after the Woods extension (The Ram Wire)
Check out Friday’s injury report for the Rams (TheRams.com)
ESPN Staff put together a guide for all the Week 2 matchups in the NFL (ESPN)
Biggest injury questions for all 32 teams (ESPN)
The Bears and WR Allen Robinson have started contract talks again (Bleacher Report)
Jonathan Jones makes his picks for this week’s slate of NFL games (CBS Sports)
HoF CB Deion Sanders will be named the new head football coach at Jackson State University (Pro Football Talk)