LA Rams upcoming NFL Free Agency strategy is a nail-biter

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If you enjoy thrillers, you will love what the LA Rams are cooking up for the 2020 NFL season. It’s a nail-biter already, and we haven’t gotten to free agency yet.

Whether by choice or random chance, the 2020 future of the LA Rams has a bit of everything underway right now. The team has continuity but unfamiliarity. The team has a familiar but inconsistent franchise quarterback. The team has a five-time All-Pro on the defensive line, but questions surrounding the team’s defense. The team has a stable of returning positional coaches, but three brand new coordinators. And on March 18, 2020, the team loses ten players to NFL Free Agency.

But the one enigma that is on my mind when the lights go out until the alarm sounds on the following morning: the LA Rams have a lengthy shopping list heading into the NFL Free Agency market, but too little money to make a dent in it. How will the team resolve that?

Of course, there are plenty of moving parts this off-season. There is the newly proposed CBA which has already been ratified by the team owners.  That CBA met with some pushback by the 32 NFLPA representatives before they approved it and sent it to all players for a vote. That vote will impact all 32 teams and will play a significant role in the NFL Free Agency market in 2020.

But will it be ratified in time to boost the Rams’ salary cap?  Right now, the players voting deadline has been extended to March 14, 2020.  Will the Rams be able to retain key players if that happens? Or will more money simply be added to the bidding wars of other teams as well, and the Rams will come up short? Who should the LA Rams even target in free agency?

We’ve done some work on who the team should target in free agency from other teams, but have not yet done a complete assessment of the Rams potential free agents.  Well, we’ll fix that oversight now.