Latest reports over LA Rams QB Matthew Stafford are all coming in positive

Despite unresolved matters of guaranteed money, the latest reports over LA Rams QB Matthew Stafford are all coming in positive
Los Angeles Rams OTA Offseason Workout, Matthew Stafford
Los Angeles Rams OTA Offseason Workout, Matthew Stafford / Ric Tapia/GettyImages
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No holdout is expected

Of course, the status of Matthew Stafford's contract and his satisfaction or displeasure over the current terms of guaranteed money has attracted plenty of speculation from big sports media. The top of the heap is the article by Grant Gordon that speculates that Stafford wants more guaranteed money and that the matter may be a friction point if not resolved quickly.

ESPN has weighed in on the matter, highlight the unresolved matter over Stafford's contract as the biggest question mark for the team at their mandatory mini camp, which would become a potential problem for the LA Rams this offseason. False alarm, folks. Not only did Matthew Stafford appear at the team's mandatory mini camp, but no holdout or other form of absence is expected for training camp later this summer:

If it does not appear to be that big of a deal for Matthew Stafford, nor for the Rams who insist on keeping all contract negotiations in-house, is this something that fans should be alarmed about? Probably not.

But for those Rams fans who are amateur capologists, or who love to track the Rams' salary cap and available funds, the issue could be a very compelling conundrum. Lost in recent conversations about the team's future salary cap discussions is the fact that many of the team's roster additions have spent significant portions of the team's future salary cap space as well.

The team, once projected to have plenty of money to spend in 2025 and beyond, has been brought back down to salary cap space that warrants thoughtful planning. If the team goes about renegotiating Matthew Stafford's contract, the team will need to use extreme caution and skill in the process. When the time comes for Stafford to retire as well, the team will need enough financial flexibility to ensure an adequate successor.