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Rams salary cap: Les Snead wants to avoid cutting any players

As we knew, restructures are coming

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The LA Rams will be under the salary cap figure soon enough and general manager Les Snead hopes to be able to do so without releasing any players, according to The Athletic’s Jourdan Rodrigue.

We’ve known for months, if not decades, that the Rams would restructure contracts in 2021 to get under the salary cap. This tweet from Rodrigue doesn’t change anything, but it does tell us that Snead hopes to keep potential cap casualties like Michael Brockers and A’Shawn Robinson around for next season. Snead could not guarantee that yet but perhaps he honestly doesn’t know yet if certain players will be willing to compromise to the extent that LA hopes for.

Brockers and Robert Woods allegedly had their names tossed into trade conversations recently — perhaps more on the side of teams asking more so than Snead offering — and Robinson may be the top candidate to get released if nothing else can be done to lower the Rams’ 2021 cap figures.

But as has been known for a long time, the Rams can also get to where they need to be by simply restructuring the deals of several stars who are all but assured to be valuable to the team for the next 2-3 years. That includes Aaron Donald and Jalen Ramsey, two restructures that alone would save $29 million for 2021.

We expect those announcements very soon and perhaps no announcements of a release or trade.