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    Rams Still Spendimg, Even With Tight Cap

    Rams still spending, even with tight cap

    18 hours ago • By Jim Thomas jthomas@post-dispatch.com

    One year ago, the Rams spent a potential $98 million in the opening days of free agency by signing cornerback Cortland Finnegan (Tennessee), center Scott Wells (Green Bay) and defensive tackle Kendall Langford (Miami).

    This year was a tight salary cap year for the Rams, but over the first six days of free agency, they have still spent a potential $79.35 million on left tackle Jake Long (Miami) and tight end Jared Cook (Tennessee), and in re-signing defensive end William Hayes.

    Throw in incentives and escalator clauses for Long, Cook and Hayes, and those three contracts could max out at a combined $87.65 million. Say what you will about Stan Kroenke, but he hasn’t been shy about committing dollars to improve the team.

    Long was widely considered the top offensive tackle on the market; Cook was considered one of the top — if not the best —of the tight ends available. So they were big “gets,” but those two moves have all but tapped out the Rams on the salary cap.

    Latest figures from the NFL Players Association show the Rams with 50 players either under contract or tendered as restricted or exclusive rights free agents. And the money expended for those 50 players, plus dead money (money that counts against the cap for players no longer on the team), leaves the Rams with a little over $1 million in cap room.

    So except for some veteran minimum contracts, the Rams are pretty much out of the free agent business for 2013. Even so, they will need to do something — most likely restructure the contract of one of their big-money players — in order to have enough cap room to sign their draft picks.

    Even though Long’s contract averages $8.5 million a year, and Cook’s averages $7.02 million a year, they were structured to be cap friendly in 2013. Long counts a modest $4.25 million and Cook counts only $4 million against the cap in ‘13. Otherwise, the Rams wouldn’t have been able to sign them both.

    Here’s a thumbnail look at the contracts of the new Rams and re-signed Rams, as well as those of Rams who signed elsewhere in free agency:


    NEW RAMS

    JAKE LONG, OT (Miami)

    Basics: 4 years, $34 million. (Includes $5 million signing bonus, $15 million guaranteed.)

    Extras: An additional $2.5 million via incentives and escalator clauses could max out the contract at $36.5 million.

    JARED COOK, TE (Tennessee)

    Basics: 5 years, $35.1 million. (Includes $5 million signing bonus, $19 million guaranteed.)

    Extras: An additional $3.5 million via incentives could max out the contract at $38.6 million.



    RE-SIGNED RAMS

    WILLIAM HAYES, DE

    Basics: 3 years, $10.25 million. (Includes $3.75 million signing bonus, $5.75 million guaranteed.)

    Extras: An additional $2.3 million via incentives and escalator clauses could max out the contract at $12.55 million.

    JERMELLE CUDJO, DT

    Basics: 2 years, $1.8 million. (Includes $350,000 signing bonus.)

    Extras: An additional $800,000 in incentives could max out the contract at $2.6 million.



    DEPARTED RAMS

    DANNY AMENDOLA, WR (New England)

    Basics: 5 years, $26 million. (Includes $6 million signing bonus, $10 million guaranteed.)

    Extras: An additional $2.5 million in roster bonuses (paid at $31,250 per game Amendola is active), plus $2.5 million in incentives (based on receptions), could max out the contract at $31 million.

    STEVEN JACKSON, RB (Atlanta)

    Basics: 3 years, $12 million. (Includes $3.5 million signing bonus, $4 million guaranteed.)

    Extras: An additional $1.5 million in escalator clauses could max out contract at $13.5 million.

    BRANDON GIBSON, WR (Miami)

    Basics: 3 years, $9.78 million. (Includes $3 million signing bonus, $3.75 million guaranteed.)

    Extras: None.

    BRADLEY FLETCHER, CB (Philadelphia)

    Basics: 2 years, $5.25 million. (Includes $1.6 million roster bonus, $2.35 million guaranteed.)

    Extras: An additional $375,000 in incentives (based on playing time) could max out contract at $5.625 million.

    CRAIG DAHL, S (San Francisco)

    Basics: 3 years, $4.85 million. (Includes $700,000 signing bonus.)

    Extras: An additional $750,000 in roster bonuses (paid at $15,625 per game Dahl is active), plus $700,000 in incentives, could max out contract at $6.3 million.

    ROB TURNER, C/G (Tennessee)

    Basics: 1 year, $1.5 million. (Includes $500,000 signing bonus.)

    Extras: None.


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    Re: Rams Still Spendimg, Even With Tight Cap

    Its crazy how quietly Bradley Fletcher faded into Rams oblivion.
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    Re: Rams Still Spendimg, Even With Tight Cap

    There must be a plan to restructure some contracts as according the PD they will need money for draft picks and I still believe they would like to re-sign Quinton Mikell to a more cap-friendly deal. My guess is that some players will be gone after this year to accommodate the Cook and Long signings for 2014. Under the new CBA it makes more sense to find rookies who can produce and get 4 years of low salary before the big money contracts kick-in. Best evidence is looking at FA's still available. Teams are not signing veterans who will cost big money unless there's an urgent need or there's a ton of cap space available.

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    Re: Rams Still Spendimg, Even With Tight Cap

    This leaves off the re-signing of Chris Long and JLau, which inpacted this years CAP money, even though they were extended in the middle of last year.


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    Re: Rams Still Spendimg, Even With Tight Cap

    Quote Originally Posted by FestusRam View Post
    Its crazy how quietly Bradley Fletcher faded into Rams oblivion.
    If my cousin, who is an Eagles fan, hadn't called me to inquire about his talents, I wouldn't have know he was gone.

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