LA Rams re-signing OLB Leonard Floyd puts SB in sights

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The LA Rams were very thin on the 2021 roster in two areas: Cornerback and outside linebacker. Well, that is not exactly how this day will end up. In fact, if you wanted to pop the cork on that vintage champagne, this is a good day for the LA Rams.

Before we give you the down and dirty, let’s savor the delicious flavor of this one, okay? For starters, the LA Rams were reportedly working feverishly to keep outside linebacker Leonard Floyd on the roster before other teams could talk to his agent. When that didn’t seem to bear fruit, that set the stage for some disappointing news about another team poaching our defensive standout.

Minutes passed. Reports arrived about safety John Johnson signing with the Cleveland Browns, and outside linebacker Samson Ebukam signing with the 49ers. Next up was news about long snapper signing on with the Dallas Cowboys to rejoin Coach John Fassel and kicker Greg Zuerlein.

Wait… what?  Back up a bit.  Did I read that correctly?  Rams outside linebacker Samson Ebukam is off the market before veteran standout Leonard Floyd? What in sam hill tarnation is going on here?

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And then, it started to sink in. The LA Rams were still negotiating with Floyd, and that’s why he wasn’t grabbed by another team. Of course, the finances for the Rams are such that they cannot just cut the check, but must weave the finances in such a way that it doesn’t trigger any salary cap alarms along the way.