On Tuesday afternoon, the Los Angeles Rams agreed to trade disgruntled wide receiver, Allen Robinson to the Pittsburgh Steelers. The trade was a salary dump by Los Angeles, despite having to pay $10 million to Pittsburgh in order to complete the deal. LA saved $5 million towards their 2023 cap, while also freeing up money for the 2024 season.
If you're wondering about the Rams' approach to 2023, read this.— Stu Jackson (@StuJRams) March 24, 2023
Of note, Demoff says:
"... we have taken all of our salary cap pain in 2023 and project to have more than $60 million in space in 2024, the most salary cap space we have had since our move to Los Angeles." https://t.co/MgYapy89kz
Since the Rams traded Allen Robinson prior to June 1, Robinson carries a $21.4 million dead cap this year. The move elevates the Rams to a dead cap figure of $74.2 million, second in the NFL to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The Rams will now be paying the following players (and amounts) for the 2023 season to play against them...
Allen Robinson - $21,450,000) - TRADED
Jalen Ramsey - $19,600,000 - TRADED
Leonard Floyd - $19,000,000 - RELEASED
Bobby Wagner - $7,500,000 - RELEASED
Troy Hill - $2,000,000 - VOID
Andrew Whitworth - $2,000,000 - RETIRED
A’Shawn Robinson - $1,500,000 - VOID
Coleman Shelton - $250,000 - VOID
Jacob Harris - $249,672 - RELEASED
Terrell Lewis - $233,381 - RELEASED
Terrell Burgess - $208,073 - RELEASED
The Rams still have $7.2 million in cap space for this year, but that does not factor the cost of their draft picks. I would not be surprised if the Rams trade another player - Tyler Higbee perhaps - if the team is really considering and focusing on 2024.
On the bright side, LA now does not have to carry the $15,750,000 salary of Allen Robinson II for the 2024 season. The Rams are flush with cap space next offseason with $73.8 million. With the 2024 free agent class shaping up to feature prominent names like Brian Burns, Chase Young, and Montez Sweat to name a few - the Rams could go from significant sellers to big-time buyers in just 12 months.
Will LA’s dead cap continue to increase before training camp?
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Yes, there will be another trade
No, training camp will feature a cut or two though