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Updated 9/12/19 - tender addition

March 13, 2019 03:42PM
3/12/19 update in Green
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As FA approaches I thought I would throw out some information and try and be as factual as possible. So if I am wrong, please correct me.

Salary cap in the offseason - top 51 players. Salary Cap day before 1st game - every player on the roster including any on IR. Not the PS players.

What is the Salary Cap this year? Somewhere between 187-191

Basing it on 190m, the Rams have roughly 24.3m dollars of cap space (courtesy of overthecap.com) Spottrac.com bases it off 189m and says the Rams have 23.6m in cap space. So there is a .3m differential there. I'm going with a cap of 24m for simplicity sake.

How many players does that include as of today (2-27-19)? 48 on the roster under contract

What is the Rookie Pool for the Rams after compensatory picks added in? 5.553m (in reality the cap space will be less because after 51 players a guy added will drop a guy off until the season starts)

So that's 7 draft picks + 48 under contract players = 55 players @ 171.5m +/- , and 4 players will not count @ 495,000 per player which is basically 2m

So right now the Rams would have 51 players @ 169.5m against the cap. Assuming 190m, that leaves 20.5m in cap space.

So on to Restricted Free Agents:

S Blake Countess

CB Troy Hill

RB Malcolm Brown

LB Cory Littleton

Of those 4, I see littleton getting a 2nd round tender of 3.11m

That lowers the cap room by 2.615m (3.110m - .495m = 2.615) as 1 player added drops another off

New cap space with Littleton and 7 rookies: 17.885m in cap. And a total of 56 players (which would mean 3 will fall of of the 53 man roster, but cap space is needed for the eventual IR player or 3.

Possible cap casualties:

Brockers - 0.75m in dead, 10.25m in cap savings - another restructure or he could be in trouble.

Barron - 3.33m in dead, 6.33m in cap savings. I just don't see how you keep him around.

Peters - cutting him saves 9m. - Still 9m is cheap for a starting CB. he stays for 1 more year.

Talib - cutting him saves 8m - But again, cheap starter. Keep him.

These guys are #4,5,7 and 10 as far as the Rams top cap #s for 2019.

John Sullivan is #12 at 6.25m against the cap. Cutting him saves 5.25m with 1m in dead money. He didn't get cut, his option wasn't picked up, so its the full 6.25m and for some reason a 1m cap credit for a total savings of 7.25m

After Sully, NR-C counts 6m against the cap and Hekker is next at 4m, no other player counts over 2.6m so cutting anyone else or re-structuring will not save enough money to move the needle much.

What does this tell me? Brockers is going to have to re-structure and Barron is gone. There is a real possibility Sullivan is also gone. Sully and Barron are gone, but it sounds like Brockers is safe and not being re-structured.

So to recap (total cap savings by cutting)
Brockers - 10.25m
Barron - 6.33m
Sullivan - 5.25m 7.25m
Total savings - 21.83m 23.83m

That would leave the Rams with 39.715m 41.715 in cap space with 53 players on the roster.

Obviously that created holes at C, ILB and DT. Along with holes at S (Joyner) and Edge (Fowler). Weddle fills the Joyner hole.

Space would be needed to resign Saffold as well.


Current cap space - roughly 24.3m
Cap space after including draft picks - 20.5m
Cap space after including Littleton at the 2nd round tender - 17.885m
Cap space after cutting Brockers (10.25) Barron (6.33) Sullivan (5.25) (7.25m)- 39.715m 31.465m

Signing Weddle 2 yrs 10.5, so lets say 5.25m per year

Signing Fowler Jr to a 1 year deal 12m + 2m in incentives I am going with 14m

as of 3/9 - 26.215m (includes draft pick pool and Littleton at a 2nd round tender)

as of 3/12 12.215m (includes draft pick pool and Littleton at a 2nd round tender)

This is basically the final update, because frankly the Rams are out of money

Littleton- Tendered at the 2nd round price or 3.095m, so close to that 3.11m I thought it would be. He was already figured into the cap space that currently is set at 12.215

Malcolm Brown, Blake Countess and Troy Hill 2.025 each or 6.075m for all 3. The Rams will not get a pick back from these guys if they sign elsewhere.

The Exclusive Rights Free Agents sign a league minimum contract for 2 year or they sit out. Its that simple.
Morgan Fox, Dom. Hatfield and jojo Natson were tendered at 0.645m each or 1.935m total
Kevin Peterson and KhaDarel Hodge signed for 0.57m each or 1.14m total

That gives the Rams 57 players under contract with 3.065m in cap room, in reality only 51 will count against the cap until the start of the season, then its 53. So really I work with the idea that the top 53 count, which would drop off 4 players that have a 0.570m cap hit each. That saves the Rams 2.280m in cap space making the new cap space 5.345m (and if you drop 2 more players @ 0.645m to get to 51 top salaries its around 6.635m in cap space).

So for all intents and purposes, the Rams have around 5 to 7 million in cap space, they won't be doing much in free agency from this point forward without some restructuring.

Don't waste your time looking back, you're not going that way. - Ragnar Lothbrok

  Anyone wanna get nerdy with the Rams salary cap?

Deadpool763February 27, 2019 05:18PM

  Nice job!

Atlantic Ram97February 27, 2019 05:51PM

  Would not be surprised to see Whitworth redo deal...

jemach105February 28, 2019 03:58AM

  I'd rather do that with Brockers

LMU9388February 28, 2019 04:35AM

  Re: I'd rather do that with Brockers

AlbaNY_Ram75February 28, 2019 04:59AM

  Re: I'd rather do that with Brockers

LMU9364February 28, 2019 05:14AM

  Re: I'd rather do that with Brockers

dzrams61February 28, 2019 05:18AM

  Re: I'd rather do that with Brockers

LMU9354February 28, 2019 05:21AM

  Re: keep Brockers (-3 mill)

Steve57February 28, 2019 06:07AM

  Re: keep Brockers (-3 mill)

LMU9345February 28, 2019 06:20AM

  I'd rather do both...

jemach43February 28, 2019 06:21AM

  We'll probably have as many next year

RamUK69February 28, 2019 06:20AM

  Goff option can be picked up...

jemach65February 28, 2019 06:22AM

  I agree, I hope they go balls out

RamUK54February 28, 2019 10:42AM

  +1...Just win baby.....and..

Arkansas Ram39February 28, 2019 12:02PM

  We are up against something we haven't seen...

jemach63February 28, 2019 05:14PM

  2020 cap

LMU9379February 28, 2019 06:28AM

  Re: 2020 cap

dzrams53February 28, 2019 10:45AM

  Re: Would not be surprised to see Whitworth redo deal...

Rams4353February 28, 2019 07:57AM

  Re: Would not be surprised to see Whitworth redo deal...

reggae40March 09, 2019 08:32PM

  good job

LMU9364February 28, 2019 04:39AM

  omg...thank u so much!!

SunTzu_vs_Camus54February 28, 2019 10:22AM

  Re: Anyone wanna get nerdy with the Rams salary cap? Updated 3/9/19

Deadpool108March 09, 2019 11:54AM

  Thanks for this

ferragamo7952March 09, 2019 12:15PM

  So the Net is 2 decent Free Agents?

David Deacon58March 10, 2019 03:19AM

  Re: Anyone wanna get nerdy with the Rams salary cap? Updated 3/12/19

Deadpool68March 12, 2019 03:14PM

  Sport trac in another post is saying we have $9 million left

ferragamo7948March 12, 2019 03:22PM

  throw out draft pick money and Littleton comped at a 2nd round

Deadpool56March 12, 2019 06:08PM

  Re: throw out draft pick money and Littleton comped at a 2nd round

dzrams43March 12, 2019 07:23PM

  It should, I have been preparing for snowmageddon, so I missed the tenders

Deadpool43March 13, 2019 01:38PM

  Updated 9/12/19 - tender addition

Deadpool69March 13, 2019 03:42PM

  Re: Updated 9/12/19 - tender addition

RamsFanSinceLA30March 14, 2019 08:04AM

  My numbers include the rookie pool

Deadpool29March 14, 2019 08:26AM

  Re: Ah, OK - missed that

RamsFanSinceLA14March 14, 2019 09:42AM

  Re: Anyone wanna get nerdy with the Rams salary cap?

oldschoolramfan84March 09, 2019 06:15PM