That does not include restricted free agents, exclusive restricted free agents, or team option players. The list grows to 18 players by adding those to the list. Restricted free agents include WR Jojo Natson, DE Morgan Fox, and DB Donte Deayon, while exclusive restricted free agents includes OLB Josh Carraway, TE Johnny Mundt, and C Coleman Shelton. Adding team option years to the list adds S Eric Weddle and CB Nickell Robey-Coleman to the list of players.
While these players are almost certain to re-sign with the Rams should the team wish to retain them, their names are significant in that they are not figured in with 2020 salary commitments (team options are included in current cap projections.)
Unrestricted free agents numbering10 players were on the 53 player roster, contributed to the team’s success, but are vanishing this year. POOF! Gone. And there is little the LA Rams can do to stop their departure. Or is there?
Of course, the Rams have options to avoid the rough road ahead. The team has several “break in case of emergency” steps to consider if the goal is to free up 2020 salary cap space. At some point, many expect the Rams to break that glass. What does that mean? Well, here are 5 steps the Rams can take to make $80 million available for the team to enter free agency.