OK, all you amateur GMs, lets play a little game of roster building, using what Les Snead has to use to build the 2014 team, not just starters, but key backups.
As of now, you have $10 million in cap room, and the following players under contract that count on the cap, as well as free agents that do not who could return.
The number after the FA player is cap hit to retain, so subtract those from the space if YOU keep them in your plan.
Players who look to be cut, and the cap savings is also entered. If you cut, add that space
Also, key players in last year of deal included, with extra cap number if redone NOW
Only 51 players count, the top 51 highest.
QB Bradford / Clemons (UFA $ 2 million)
RB Stacy, Cunningham, Richardson, Pead, Reynolds
WR Austin, Quick, Givens, Bailey, Pettis/ Veltung( ERFA $.4)
TE Cook, Kendricks, Harkey/ McNeill (RFA $.7 million)
OT Long, Barksdale, Person
G Washington, Dahl ($ 4 million)/ S. Smith (UFA $1 million), Saffold (UFA $4 million), C. Williams (UFA $2 million)
C Wells ($4.5 million), B. Jones, T. Barnes (ERFA .6 million)
TOTAL PLAYERS SIGNED - 23
DE Quinn ($2 million more in 2014), C. Long, Hayes, Sims, Brodine
DT Brockers, Langford ($4 million), Conrath, Cudjo
LB, Laurinaitis, Ogletree, Brown, Armstrong , Steward, Bates/ Dunbar (UFA $1.5 million), Witherspoon (UFA $1 million)
CB Jenkins, Johnson, Finnegan ($4 million), McGee
S McLeod, McDonald, Davis, Daniels / Stewart (UFA $.6 million, Pointer (ERFA .4 million)
TOTAL PLAYERS SIGNED 23
SO here are the holes left to fill, using the Rams 2 #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, 4#6 and 2 #7 picks with estimated comp picks, and the free agency cap
Here is a list of the top free agents.
Top 101 NFL free agents for 2014 - NFL.com
You can figure top guys will cost $8 million plus in cap year one even.
Second tier guys would cost $4-5 million cap.
Next tier $2 to $4 million
All depending on position and depth at the position in FA.
QB - 1 dvelopmental guy ( I am assuming Clemons returns, couple year deal for that $2 million cap hit)
RB - No need, could add big RB later in draft
WR -1-, but ONLY a guy who would compete as #1 right away
TE - NONE
OT - 1
G - 2 Starters, or 1 depending on signing own FA, and a good young guy at G/C swing even if they sign both and cut Dahl as expected.
C - None unless Wells is gone, then 1 starter. Could also look draft same as guard
DE - None
DT - 1 young future starter if possible on draft day.
LB - 2 - one "will" starter, one versatile backup, unless Dunbar returns.
CB - 1 starter if Finnegan returns, 2 if he doesn't, at least one a starting caliber veteran
S - 1 FS starter, and a young swing guiy backup.
That's 9-12 possible spots to fill, depending on who they bring back.
So show me how you fill those spots, and the players you think you can draft based on projected draft slot.
No overreaching for an impossible dream, like Roby or Verrett in rd two,D. Bailey in round three etc. Let's keep it real.
Also, I would kind of assume Saffold is a goner, as I don't see the Rams paying more than a $3 to $4 million a year for him first year cap hit.
I myself am assuming Clemens will return, because he proved he can win games if called on.
Have at it guys and gals, build me a winner, without crushing my cap in 2015 and 2016 and beyond by VASTLY overpaying top FA. No overreaching here either, be realistic.
We want to see how accurate we are compared to what the Rams do, not build a playstation team, OK?
So no signing Alex Mack Or Eugene Monroe or even Jairus Byrd, UNLESS you trade a first rounder for him.
Unfortunately no draft trades yet either, though I am sure one at least will happen, moving UP as well as down at some point. I'm pretty sure the Rams can add a pretty high #2 in this draft but too early to see who goes #1 so....