The Los Angeles Rams have had to navigate salary cap issues in each of the last few years. But star players are doing their part to provide added flexibility.
Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported Aaron Donald, Jalen Ramsey, Cooper Kupp and Robert Woods are all undergoing contract restructures. The conversions should be enough to get L.A. under the threshold, per Rapoport.
The #Rams are working to get under the cap, restructuring CB Jalen Ramsey’s contract (creating about $12M of space), WR Robert Woods ($8M), and Cooper Kupp's and Aaron Donald’s conversions should be done soon to get them under the threshold.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 16, 2021
The Rams made an aggressive play by agreeing to terms with edge rusher Leonard Floyd to a four-year, $64 million deal on Monday.
Floyd struggled to live up to his first-round selection with the Chicago Bears. But he excelled in L.A. in 2020, recording a career-high 10.5 sacks to go with 19 quarterback hits, 11 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.
The Rams’ cap issues meant someone was bound to go. Indeed, safety John Johnson III signed with the Cleveland Browns, robbing L.A. of one of its best players in the secondary.
However, the team’s top stars are clearly trying to help alleviate some stress on general manager Les Snead.
The Rams should still have one of the best defenses in the NFL even after losing Johnson. Ramsey is arguably the best cornerback in the league, with Donald and Floyd anchoring the front seven.
Of course, Snead and Co. will be hoping the offense kicks into high gear after swapping Jared Goff to the Detroit Lions in exchange for Matthew Stafford.
Sean McVay’s team will he hungry to compete for a Super Bowl in 2021. Stars like Donald, Ramsey, Kupp and Woods are trying to ensure the Rams have the means to add pieces as necessary.