The number of the NFL 2021 annual salary cap is $182.5. So that is the number that the LA Rams have gotten under. And by doing so, the Rams have pulled every favor, done every trick in the book short of outright cutting players. So the Rams are under the annual salary cap for now. But by how much? Well, that’s where it gets… confusing.
If you have ever attempted to solve the unsolvable equation of calculating the value of Pi, you soon learn that you could spend your entire lifetime at it and never find the final answer. The value seems simple enough. It is the ratio of the circumference of a circle (around the outside) to the diameter of the circle (the line that splits the circle into two equal pieces). To simplify, mathematicians simply agree to give PI the value of 22/7ths or 3.14. That is what we will need to do to get to the Rams’ available salary cap. Simply to agree to get close for now.
Rams cap space is not found anywhere right now
The salary cap analysts over at OverTheCap.com and Spotrac.com do an amazing job of keeping track of that sort of thing. But right now, the NFL is filled with 32 teams and countless numbers of players bouncing around. And the Rams team cap space is a lower priority than the teams that had millions to spend and are now doing exactly that.
Meanwhile, keep in mind that not all cap space is created equally right now. The LA Rams have 66 signed players on the roster right now. That number is higher than the league average of 63 players. The Seattle Seahawks, for example, only have 57 players signed to their active roster. To get to the 90 player roster, the Rams have to find 24 more players, while the Seahawks must find 33. That’s a pretty large difference when shopping right now.
And then there is the fact that the available salary cap is linked to the number of players signed, and only reflects the top 51 players. Some teams have fewer than 50 players on their payroll right now. Whatever that cap number is right now, it reflects the top 51 players on the Rams payroll. And for now, it’s under the cap.