7 trades LA Rams can make to add 2020 NFL Draft picks and free up salary-cap space. The 2020 NFL Free Agency market is rapidly drying up.
In an unusual turn of events, the leading wheeler-and-dealer of blockbuster trades and moves, the LA Rams, has imposed a self-fasting of sorts from the banquet known as the 2020 NFL Free Agency market.
Well, perhaps a closer description is to identify the absence of the LA Rams from the midst of actively signing NFL free agents is that the team cannot afford the cover charge. Funds are tight right now. So tight that the LA Rams could not afford to pick up the modestly priced option year for slot cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman. Funds were so tight that the Rams could not afford to submit qualifying tender offers to DE Morgan Fox, DB Donte Deayon, and OLB Josh Carraway.
The team had options to do so. Both the team and highly paid players stood by and failed to restructure their current contracts, despite the fact that three of the top paid players suffered a serious decline in their production in 2019, yet remain highly compensated in 2020. Running back Todd Gurley was released outright.
But if the LA Rams will not restructure deals to free up cap space for 2020, then the team simply must open discussions over trading players. In fact, if any team was willing to take on a player’s salary cap hit, the Rams should be willing to listen. The only player who the team should place off-limits is the certain future HOF’er defensive tackle Aaron Donald.