Rams tight 2025 cap space might force them to make insanely bold move

The Los Angeles Rams may have to make a bold move to create some cap space for 2025 and beyond.
NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams v Detroit Lions
NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams v Detroit Lions / Nic Antaya/GettyImages

The Los Angeles Rams seem to be in a new era of football with the recent infusion of young talent. Could they have to make a bold move to create needed cap space though? Their 2022 season was brutal to watch, but injuries played a huge part in that. However, their 2023 season was precisely what the doctor ordered.

The Rams started out a bit slow, but finished on a hot-streak to earn a 10-7 record and a berth in the NFC playoffs. And it's not like it was a fluke, either, as they fell by just one point to the Detroit Lions. All of a sudden, this Rams squad finds themselves right back in the mix as a contending team now and in the future.

However, there is just one major problem, and it's the cap space. The Rams do have enough cap to get them through the 2024 NFL Season, but 2025 is where a problem begins. According toOver The Cap, the Rams are set to have just a hair over $4 million in cap space. That, folks, is a problem. However, there could be an easy way to navigate this problem in 2025.

Could the LA Rams make a bold move and extend Matthew Stafford, who'd be entering his age-37 season in 2025? Would that be too risky of a decision? Well, still according to OTC, a Matthew Stafford extension would save the Rams over $24 million on their 2025 cap number, and it'd put them closer to $30 million in total cap space.

Les Snead can certainly work with $30 million in space. Now on the flip side, the Rams could get extra zesty and cut Matthew Stafford, but that should only be if he falls off a cliff in 2024 and shows obvious signs of decline. That would save the Rams $32 million in cap but would force them to eat $18.5 million in dead money.

The Rams may end up having to do something major with Matthew Stafford's contract next offseason.