Does LA Rams' newfound salary cap space mean imminent FA signing? 3 answers - Too hot, too cold, just right

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Okay, so the Rams front office must still pay some bills, but the residual money seems a bit heavy for a rainy day fund to carry this team through the rest of the 2023 NFL season. So what clues do we have to indicate what the LA Rams may be up to now, without having an ear to the door of the back office discussions?

Well, we do know that the LA Rams have a roster of 85 players, at a time when the team can boast a roster of 90 players. Simple math works out to five additional players can be added to the team's roster. So we have a shopping list of up to five players. So of the estimated $9 million, how much can the LA Rams realistically spend?

It turns out that the Rams do have money to spend after all

We know that players signed to the roster, due to the Top-51 rule, will replace the cheapest five players currently on the Rams roster, And they are:

  • Posn Name Salary
  • DB Jason Taylor II $774, 508
  • DT Deshuan Johnson $769, 444
  • DB Quindell Johnson $760,000
  • DB Jordan Jones $755,000
  • DB Timarcus Davis $753,000
  • Totals $3,811,952

So what does that reveal to us? Well, if you presume that the LA Rams want to carry a $4 million fund just in case, they the Rams have approximately $8.5 million to spend across five new players. That works out to an average of $1.7 million per player.

Or you can think of it another way. The Rams can sign players who do not trigger the offset, essentially allowing the team to consider a single play of up to $8 million per year, or two players who come in at a combined $8 million. Or three, four, or five players.

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So is there someone in your radar who the Rams could entice to sign? Whether or not the LA Rams do so is up to the team. But as it stands now, the Rams can be players in the NFL Free Agency market once more.