How long will the LA Rams SB window remain open this time?

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Hard decisions

The LA Rams have reassembled a quality roster practically out of thin air. Seriously, this roster is nothing short of miraculous. If you recall, the Rams were in a bit of a pickle. The team had an offensive line decimated by injuries, a defense decimated by attrition, a salary cap situation that overcompensated too few players, and a 2020 NFL Draft with too few picks to restock the roster. No money, few picks, but plenty of holes to fill.

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That’s pretty likely where the Rams will find themselves in the upcoming offseason. The LA Rams are expected to have four of seven original draft picks, plus two projected compensatory picks for the 2021 NFL Draft. That means that the Rams face fewer holes in the 2021 roster than draft picks.

Free Agency attrition

The LA Rams project 18 players to test the 2021 NFL Free agency market. While that is similar to the 2020 NFL Free Agency projections, the 2021 NFL Salary cap is far less certain. We know that the NFL and NFLPA have agreed to artificially create a ‘floor’ of $175 million for the 2021 NFL Salary cap for teams. But whether that amount will be the true number, or will increase, remains to be determined. We are not expecting the sky to fall due to cap restrictions. But the ability to extend contracts for critical players is very vulnerable right now.

The LA Rams’ top ten potential free agents are Darious Williams, Leonard Floyd, John Johnson III, Troy Hill, Austin Blythe, Gerald Everett, Josh Reynolds, Morgan Fox, Malcolm Brown, and Travin Howard.  Even if the Rams re-sign some, the team cannot hope to sign all. And there are additional players whose contribution has been vital as well.