Those horrendous Rams guaranteed contracts
The Rams are struggling under the NFL Salary cap ceiling in 2020 because they loved to hand out lots of guaranteed dollars to players and do so over long term deals. The Rams are now struggling under the aggregate weight of too much money in the hands of too few players. What makes matters worse, those high dollar district players are not all performing at the level of their compensation.
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Mike Tanier from Bleacher Report wrote a fairly damning article about the Rams front office spending habits, suggesting that the Rams have spent all their draft and salary cap currency. In the Big-Spending Rams Have Trapped Themselves in a No-Win Situation piece, he projects the Rams to a 7-9 NFL limbo for years to come.
Of course, we are much more optimistic than that, believing the Rams can turn it around this off-season, restructure some contracts, and convert some overvalued assets into 2020 NFL Draft currency.
The 2020 salary cap analysis for the LA Rams is not rosy at the moment. At OverTheCap.com, the latest estimate for the available salary for the Rams as of 24 January 2020 is $21,092,123. In that same analysis, the OTC folks do a very admirable job of estimating what the salary cap his in 2020 will be for each player under contract.