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    Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    The actual salary cap for the 2014 season has been announced, and it's nearly $4 million higher than expected.

    2014 NFL Salary-Cap Details Reportedly Revealed | Bleacher Report

    That's great news for the Rams, as it gives them more to offer Rodger Saffold to stay, or enough to now keep center Scott Wells for sure to make sure the line has a veteran anchor.

    Wells has played well when he is healthy.

    It could allow the Rams to go after a better option in free agency at safety, guard, or even WR as well.

    For teams that already had a ton of room, this won't change much, and teams way over the cap won't get much relief, as the Saints showed already with their cuts.

    The teams just a bit under like the Rams will be the ones most affected by this great news.

    If the cap is over $130 this year, it cold also bode well for 2015, if it goes up another 5%.

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    Re: Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    So, how much are we under the cap now?

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    Re: Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by laram0 View Post
    So, how much are we under the cap now?
    Just over $4 million I think lol.

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    Re: Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    It's nice but it benefits everybody so not a huge deal. Those teams competing with us for free agents still have more ammo than we do.

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    Re: Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    >>It's nice but it benefits everybody so not a huge deal. Those teams competing with us for free agents still have more ammo than we do.>>

    It's a huge deal if it means signing Saffold, keeping Wells, or being able to add one good starting FA instead of none.

    They weren't going after the big name huge salary guys anyway, the first week signing types, not THIS y ear.

    We already knew that, but it IS a huge deal for this Rams roster, and those who understand where they are as a team know this.

    Even if it just means you keep your starting center rather than hope a young guy can step in right away and play as well, it's a big deal.

    Even if it means you can bring back Williams, or Dunbar, or add a couple good backups/possible starters, it's a huge deal.

    Those teams with huge cap money aren't gonna shell out $100 million in guaranteed money, as some don't have the cash, and others don't believe in buying overpaid guys in that first week.

    Allowing the team just to KEEP guys they may have to lose is a big deal, ESPECIALLY a guy like Saffold.
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    Re: Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    I've read somewhere that with the cap increase the Rams might be able to re-sign Saffold and still have enough money leftover to add a premium FA like Byrd, Ward, or Verner… of course we would have to cut Dahl, Wells, and Finnegan to make it happen.

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    Re: Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    We have 4.8 million in cap space, as per the original post in the "Rams talk" section. With the releases of Dahl, Wells, and Finnegan, we can create anywhere from 17.5-20.5 million in cap space.


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    Re: Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by Waller
    It's a huge deal if it means signing Saffold, keeping Wells, or being able to add one good starting FA instead of none
    Having extra room under the cap is a good thing, but I believe what Mikey might have been getting at is that while we have an extra $4M for Saffold or Wells or whomever, so does any team that may also have an interest in those same guys.
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    Re: Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    Quote Originally Posted by HUbison View Post
    Having extra room under the cap is a good thing, but I believe what Mikey might have been getting at is that while we have an extra $4M for Saffold or Wells or whomever, so does any team that may also have an interest in those same guys.
    Correct! It isn't just the Rams that get this extra cap space so while it's nice to have more than we though, everybody has more than we though so it all balances out and it turns into just something nice to have no extra ammo for anybody.

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    Re: Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    It decreases our need to cut Dahl or Wells to make room for other maneuvers, which is a good thing. Neither are long term answers, but both are competent and keeping continuity in our line is a good thing, especially if it gives time for new guys to come up to speed without risking Sam while they are learning. It probably helps us with Chris Williams, who isn't likely to be pursued heavily.

    It doesn't really impact Finnegan or Saffold that much IMO - we'd still need to get into a bidding war for Saffold, and we are still outgunned there. Finnegan just needs to restructure or go. I like the guy and hope he can play at a high level again, but you can't steal $10 million from a team and not expect repercussions. If you are paid like a pro bowl CB, you can't be one of the worst cover guys in the league.

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    Re: Increase in Cap Boon For Rams

    Any time you have more negotiating room that's a good thing. Certainly attending to the stability of the O-Line is important, but my instincts tell me that Fisher and Snead will feel compelled to make some drastic changes to get us over the hump with another 3-4 wins next season. We are also facing a tough schedule so that adds to the pressure. Thank goodness we have a 4th place schedule...hahaha.

    I think there may be some surprises come March 11th.

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