After a disappointing 2019 season, LA Rams RB Todd Gurley now reported to meet with team to decide future
The LA Rams are tidying up their financial position in preparation for the 2020 NFL season. The team projects ten veteran and productive players exiting the team to the free agent market simultaneously. All the while, the team’s salary cap position was dwindling to approximately $15 million. That’s not a very good starting point to build a championship team.
But ignore the starting point for a moment. The LA Rams have not tossed in the white flag by any means. In fact, this team was oh-so-close to following up their Super Bowl appearance with another playoff run. This team has quite a few aces up their sleeves and in their boots for the 2020 season. In fact, we laid out a simple five step plan the LA Rams could follow to free up over $80 million of salary cap space this off-season.
Today, the LA Rams and safety Eric Weddle have checked the box to one of those steps, as veteran safety Weddle announced his retirement from football. One down, four moves to go. Of course, one of the biggest savings to the teams salary cap is to restructure the impact of some of the highest paying contracts on the team: quarterback Jared Goff, running back Todd Gurley, wide receiver Brandin Cooks, and defensive tackle Aaron Donald. To do so, the team will meet with the player and agent and hammer out new contract language.
Right now, Ian Rapoport is reporting the Rams will meed with running back Todd Gurley.
The Rams have contracted several skill players with league leading compensation. Unfortunately, with the exception of DT Aaron Donald, neither QB Jared Goff, WR Brandin Cooks, nor RB Todd Gurley had earned their elite NFL contract in 2019.