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St. Louis Rams' Salary Cap Update/Wagoner

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  1. RamBill Well-Known Member

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    St. Louis Rams' salary cap update
    By Nick Wagoner

    http://espn.go.com/blog/st-louis-rams/post/_/id/9711/st-louis-rams-salary-cap-update

    With training camp set to begin in earnest this week, we take a look at where the St. Louis Rams stand in relation to the salary cap.

    The team has all of its draft picks signed and a little (very little) wiggle room to make some additions should it want but it should be in good position to enter the season without having to make any sort of money-driven decisions to clear space.

    All numbers below courtesy of ESPN Stats and Information and based on the current salary cap structure of taking the top 51 contracts on the roster.

    Adjusted cap: $131,823,529

    Team cap: $123,492,826

    Dead money: $6,332,753

    Cap space: $1,997,950

    Thoughts: Usually, teams around the league work to keep around $2-3 million available under the cap in case of injuries, emergencies and to pay the practice squad. As it stands, the Rams have about enough for that but this doesn't account for the two additional contracts that will land on the roster when the league starts counting the top 53 contracts. However, the bump there probably won't be very much as players making a little more could get cut and the ones added likely won't be making more than the minimum. Essentially, it will take some of the cap space but it will largely come out in a wash. If the Rams want to add a veteran somewhere, like at linebacker for example, they can still make it work on a minimum deal that wouldn't push them over the top. So while the Rams are pretty snug up against the cap, they should be just fine in terms of operating moving forward though those clinging to the (unrealistic) dream of acquiring an expensive wideout like Andre Johnson can plainly see there's no way to make his deal work even if they wanted to. Also worth noting here is that the Rams will not have the $3 million salary cap offset for cornerback Cortland Finnegan. Per the league, that $3 million credit will not be applied until the 2015 league year.
     
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  2. den-the-coach Well-Known Member

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    And correct me if I am wrong Gentlemen, but because the Rams were so snug up against the cap they could not make the deal for Stevie Johnson who ended up with the 49ers who somehow always seem to have the room, but the Rams don't and the 49ers have to this point a better roster.
     
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  3. snackdaddy Well-Known Member

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    Yes they do have a better roster. But I think we're closing the gap. Were they interested in making a deal for Stevie Johnson? Or were you just using that as an example?
     
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  4. den-the-coach Well-Known Member

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    They should have been interested and I think they were, but could not make it work because of the cap. I realize the 49ers had an advantage because they had not signed Kaepernick yet, but I would've traded a 4th round pick for Stevie Johnson in a nanosecond. Just pisses me off the 49ers keep adding the likes of Boldin last year and Johnson this year!

    And BTW as to closing the gap I feel like LBJ during Vietnam when it comes to the 49ers.... "We're winning, but we're losing."
     
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  5. Boffo97 Well-Known Member

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    I'd be interested in knowing where all that dead money is coming from. I know about half of it is Finnegan and we'll get it back next year provided he makes the Fins' final roster.
     
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  6. ramsrams New Member

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    Believe Mikell accounts for about $3m.
     
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  7. mr.stlouis Well-Known Member

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    Dam, BillySpags just keep on trucken'!!! Finnegan accounts for much of the rest, I'd imagine. Is Mikell's dead money off the books next year?
     
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  8. Fatbot Well-Known Member

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    According to overthecap.com, Mikell's hit is gone already and the $6mil is Finnegan. Then there's some small hits like $175k from Cudjo, $95k Rok Watkins, Richardson $23k, then a few $10k and less (undrafted free agent bonuses). Also sadly includes Gerald Rivers $1,334 and even more sadly Philip Lutzenkirchen $2,067.
     
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