Frugally fixing the offensive line is doable
So there you are. I won’t do the salary cap math for you to prove that the Rams simply do not have the space to sign the best of the best 2020 offensive linemen free agents. Until the Rams cut, trade, or renegotiate there way back to about $50-60 million of available cap space, there is not much of a chance for dollars to spare with the Rams intent on signing cornerback Jalen Ramsey, OLB Dante Fowler Jr., DE Michael Brockers, ILB Cory Littleton. Only then will the team talk to veteran left tackle Andrew Whitworth, who many expect will be forced to take a deep discount to return to the team.
If you paid attention, the Rams are already working with very inexpensive offensive linemen for the 2020 season. However the team allocates cap budget for positions, the team has fallen asleep at the wheel by going bargain basement on virtually all offensive linemen on the roster. For the one lineman who is earning market rate, Rob Havenstein, they are grossly overpaying what he delivered in 2019.
If the Rams commit from $6-9 million to the offensive line in free agency, the team should be able to walk out with four veterans who can start off the season in 2020, giving rookies and second year players time to grow into a starting role with the team.
You may not agree with all free agent targets I’ve identified, and I’m okay with that. The goal here is to prove that the Rams can frugally fix this offensive line in time to draft BEST PLAYER AVAILABLE and not try to force a draft for need. The Rams are loaded with young talented linemen even now. What the teams most critical need is signing veteran offensive linemen who can start the 2020 season until the young linemen earn a starting role.