RAM-ification I: Rams are committed to signing Jalen Ramsey to a long term deal
Whether the team can afford to do so or not is no longer the question. By exchanging two consecutive first round picks for Ramsey, the Rams have already committed the purse strings to open far enough to re-sign him for a long term contract. You do not trade two future first round picks for a partial year rental at any position.
No, you trade for a player you plan to keep on the roster for the forseeable future. But Jalen Ramsey is not just any player. He is one of the best cornerbacks playing in the NFL right now. And that level of play comes at an expensive price.
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The price tag for Ramsey should not be an issue for the Rams. Nor should it be an issue for any NFL team. He is a very talented specialist in the NFL. A shut down corner can neutralize the opposing team’s marquis receivers. That is a huge ace for any defensive coordinator to boast possessing.
The trick is that the Rams have been burning through their salary cap dollars at a rapid pace recently. Salary cap space is a familiar topic to Los Angeles Rams fans. The team had recently signed QB Jared Goff and DT Aaron Donald to long-term deals. And the same cap ceiling forced the Rams to let DT Ndamukong Suh walk away in free agency.
Now the Rams must work cap magic to afford Ramsey. While there is no doubt that happens, that exercise restricts what the team can do for other roster positions.