NFL Rumors: Is LA Rams deal with WR Robert Woods imminent?
The LA Rams want to extend WR Robert Woods. WR Robert Woods wants to play for the LA Rams for the foreseeable future. The last time those elements were present, the LA Rams quickly negotiated a new extension for WR Cooper Kupp. Immediately after those negotiations concluded successfully, the Rams began working to extend WR Woods. Now, per Jourdan Rodrigue from the Athletic, the NFL rumors are building that a deal may be imminent.
The efforts so far appear to be making significant progress. In spite of the uncertainty of 2021, the LA Rams are following suit that many teams seem to be playing right now. The $175 million salary cap floor for 2021 will be much higher when the NFL actually calculates next year’s salary cap.
Mo money mo’ money?
If the Rams have more money to spend, the extension for Robert Woods should be a done deal. That could also lead to the Rams looking at extending Troy Hill, Darious Williams, and John Johnson III. Don’t forget that the Rams brought in OLB Leonard Floyd on a one-year deal, and he appears to be working out well for this defense as well. Then there are the other players who are contributing. Players like Malcolm Brown, Austin Blythe, and more who are on one-year or expiring contracts.
But let’s not jump ahead of ourselves. The Rams are closing in on a deal with Woods, and if the deal is as close to completion as rumored, the signing will likely take place before Sunday’s kickoff.
Thanks to last week’s fast-track negotiations, the Rams will have an opportunity to extend three vital players on multi-year deals.
Who may not get deals?
Of course, beyond Woods, the Rams could take a wait-and-see attitude. It may be that they simply have not yet seen enough from the players to have a good feel on what their value to the team might be. It could also be that the Rams see that other teams will need to cut massive contracts from their rosters in 2021, and want to have sufficient funds to shop the 2021 NFL Free Agent Market.
While the Woods deal is not yet done, it appears that news could be reported as early as Friday afternoon. With that, the Rams will have extended the three most important pieces to this team. How many more will the team try to extend? That’s a great question and not one I believe even the Rams know the answer to. For now, the Rams have freed up money, and are moving to keep important players on the roster.