The Los Angeles Rams restructured the contract of right tackle Rob Havenstein on Saturday, freeing up cap space with the November 2 NFL trade deadline less than two weeks away.
The Rams have moved around money quite a bit this year, trying to stay under the cap space provided by the league. Before making this move to restructure offensive lineman Rob Havenstein’s deal, the Rams had about $151,989 to work with. After converting his salary into a bonus, the team created $3.072 million for future deals or for current players on the roster.
Speculation is rampant that the Rams are preparing for a trade, but this might not be the case.
Can confirm right tackle Rob Havenstein is the latest #Rams veteran to agree to restructure his contract. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported this adds $3.072M in salary-cap space. Havenstein signed a 4-year, $32.5M contract in 2018, running through 2022.— Kevin Modesti (@KevinModesti) October 23, 2021
Field Yates of ESPN notes that teams will often move money around in-season to help accommodate practice squad promotions and other roster management. Due to the injuries of tight end Johnny Mundt, and running back Jake Funk, this contract restructure makes sense.
The Rams converted $3.84M of RT Rob Haventstein's salary into a bonus (while adding 3 voidable years), creating $3.072M of 2021 cap space.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 23, 2021
Teams will often move money around in-season to help accommodate practice squad promotions and other roster management.
Now this doesn't completely rule out the team from making a potential move at a player outside the organization. With General Manager Les Snead’s history, we should never question the opportunity of a trade, especially when this current team is viewed as Super Bowl contenders.