The LA Rams enter the NFL Free Agency market with coins to spend, while other NFL teams are already flashing stacks of cash. Big Bills. Franklins. Fat stacks. Buku bucks. Tidy sum. You name it, the other teams seem to have it, and the LA Rams simply do not. While that has not hampered the team’s success, it does create a dampening effect on the offseason hoopla that happens when bad teams spend way too much on a free agent.
Those big deals themselves are not the problem. What is the problem is the simple fact that it triggers wave after wave of bad takes. Let’s start off that no matter how many times the Dallas Cowboys are ‘favored’ to win the Super Bowl after NFL Free Agency or some incredibly insightful NFL Draft, they won’t. They didn’t in 2019, despite being overhyped to do so. And they didn’t in 2020.
We’re not trying to pick on the Dallas Cowboys. It’s the same for any team that gets headlined as Super Bowl contenders before the 53-man roster is even set. Hyping success based on paying a lot of money for NFL Free Agents has no correlation to success. So why do so many NFL fans think that way?
There’s an old Pennsylvania Amish adage that goes: ‘If you sling enough mud at the barn door, some of it is bound to stick.’ In translation, if you read it in enough headlines, you are bound to believe it. For the fans, the best that you can hope for is a distraction from what is really important. The front office and coaching staff must work within strict limitations to assemble the best roster possible. That means that they won’t have the $10 million or more per year to sign up many of our favorite free agent targets.
The complexity of some issues is the fact that the Rams are stuck a bit in financial quicksand. To get free, the Rams will need to part with a player or two. Perhaps the team will need to rework some contracts. And of course, there is always the option of asking Matthew Stafford to help out his new team by extending now, and pushing some of his 2021 salary expense into future years.
If you can’t beat it, join it. No, that’s not right. If you can’t buy it, build it. Yes, that’s better. So can the Rams promote players to fill known needs? Let’s check it out: