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    Rams With Only $2.8mil in Cap Space

    St. Louis Rams consider Gus Frerotte as backup quarterback

    By Jim Thomas
    ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
    03/07/2009

    Could Gus Frerotte be in line for a second tour of duty as the No. 2 quarterback in St. Louis? The Rams are considering bringing him in for a free-agent visit next week.

    Frerotte, 37, is a veteran of 15 NFL seasons. Last season in Minnesota, the Vikings were 8-3 in the 11 games he started. For the year, he completed 178 of 301 passes (59.1 percent) for 2,157 yards and 12 touchdowns. But he also threw 15 interceptions, which tied for the fourth highest total in the league in 2008.

    Frerotte backed up Marc Bulger here in 2006 and 2007, coach Scott Linehan's first two seasons with St. Louis, and started three games in '07.

    The terminology of coach Brad Childress' offense in Minnesota is very similar to what the Rams are expected to use under new coordinator Pat Shurmur. Childress and Shurmur are proteges of the Philadelphia offensive scheme under Andy Reid, and both are former Eagles assistants.

    BARTELL'S CONTRACT

    Cornerback Ron Bartell's four-year contract with the Rams includes a $5 million signing bonus and base salaries of $4.1 million in 2009, $4.5 million in 2010, $5.2 million in 2011 and $6.2 million in 2012.

    That adds up to $25 million over the four years. But the contract also calls for $50,000 in incentives in each of the four years. There also are escalator clauses in the contract that can increase, or "escalate" Bartell's pay in 2011 and 2012, allowing the total deal to max out at about $28 million.

    Bartell's base salaries in 2009 ($4.1 million) and 2010 ($4.5 million) are guaranteed. Along with the $5 million signing bonus, that means a total of $13.6 million is guaranteed in the contract.

    Bartell counts $5.4 million against the cap in 2009.

    BUTLER UPDATE

    The contracts for Bartell and newly signed center Jason Brown have relatively high cap numbers the first year of the deals. Together, the two players count $11.6 million against the salary cap in 2009.

    As a result, that leaves the Rams with only $2.853 million in cap space, according to the latest figures from the NFL Players Association.

    The lack of space could be one reason nothing has happened with free agent safety James Butler of the New York Giants, who visited Rams Park last week. The other reason could simply be that Butler's agents, Kevin and Carl Poston, aren't known for striking deals quickly.

    The early deals signed by safeties Gibril Wilson and Yeremiah Bell came in at about $5 million a year or more. The Rams are believed to be offering significantly less to Butler. To date, Butler is not known to have taken any other trips.

    The lack of cap space also has put a halt to the so-called second phase of free agency at Rams Park. The easiest way for the team to free up cap space would be trading or releasing wide receiver Torry Holt and offensive tackle Orlando Pace.

    ROMBERG STILL LOOKING

    Rams free-agent center Brett Romberg left Atlanta without a contract but may take additional trips and has drawn interest from Oakland.


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    Re: Rams With Only $2.8mil in Cap Space

    I thought that Zygmunt was a cap expert who always kept the Rams in good position ?

    Guess not !!!

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    Re: Rams With Only $2.8mil in Cap Space

    Is there 6 million set aside for our rookie signings or is this 2.8 the whole ball of wax?

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    Re: Rams With Only $2.8mil in Cap Space

    Quote Originally Posted by Rambunctious View Post
    Is there 6 million set aside for our rookie signings or is this 2.8 the whole ball of wax?
    I could be wrong, but I think that makes the 2.8 all there is. I think we only started with 14.
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    Re: Rams With Only $2.8mil in Cap Space

    I like the way Bartell's contract is structured with a relatively small signing bonus and no guaranteed salary after the 2nd year. If things don't work out for whatever reason, the Rams can get out of this deal after 2 years but they have him for 4 if things go well.

    One place the Rams should be able to open up some more cap space is by signing Atogwe to a long term deal thereby reducing his cap hit this year. They are apparently still working on that.

    Once Holt is traded or released they'll get another $6+ mil of space. I'm not sure, but I don't think that $2.8 mil of current cap space includes the $1.25 mil roster bonus Holt would be paid if he's kept beyond the 17th.

    And if they want to sign Butler and Frerotte et all, dumping Pace may be necessary as well to create the room to sign their draft picks.

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