With the 2021 salary cap finalized, including the rollover from 2020, the Rams now officially sit with $31,260,736 over the max. As things stand, the team currently has $96,208,121 allocated to the offensive side of the ball, $87,615,995 spent on the defense, and $7,837,000 on their special teams units.
Former quarterback Jared Goff will unfortunately count $22.2 million towards this year’s cap, which is a large chunk of an even bigger total dead money penalty of $34,078,757. Earlier this week, general manager Les Snead said that he is currently “comfortable” with the cap situation, but that may just be him playing it cool in front of the cameras.
Plenty of tough decisions will have to be made in the coming weeks. Snead mentioned that the team has had to “knock on the door of a lot of our key figures and pillars” so he could ask them to make sacrifices and/or adjustments to their contracts to get them under the cap.
With that in mind, here’s to hoping the veterans and other notable players will buy in and help their club in any way they can, even if that means taking home a smaller paycheck than originally expected.
Now for today’s links.
The Rams’ usual approach to pro days has not been affected by pandemic limitations (TheRams.com)
The Rams supposedly skip certain pro days as to not tip hand in the draft (The Rams Wire)
Terrell Burgess’ rehab is going well (The Rams Wire)
Should the Rams re-sign Dante Fowler? (Ramblin’ Fan)
The Texans are committed to Deshaun Watson (ESPN)
Matt Milano re-signs with the Bills for four years (NFL.com)
Chiefs cut both starting offensive tackles (NFL.com)
Every NFL team’s best free agent signing (CBS Sports)
Ranking future “cornerstone” prospects (Bleacher Report)