Over the last few seasons, the Los Angeles Rams have assembled a talent-laden roster on both sides of the ball, but due to the salary cap and stars seeking lucrative contracts, they might have to part ways with either Robert Quinn or Mark Barron.

Because of the depth they’ve built, the Rams will be forced to make tough decisions regarding some of their prominent players in the near future. During his exit interview for the 2017 season on Wednesday, Rams general manager Les Snead hinted at the possibility of having to cut either a former Pro Bowler in Quinn or a talented linebacker in Barron, according to Alden Gonzalez of ESPN.

If you bring back Johnson, Joyner and Watkins, and you extend Donald, then you get to a point where you think the Rams may have to consider cutting ties with OLB Robert Quinn and/or ILB Mark Barron, because the savings is significant.

At this moment, the Rams are leaning toward bringing back cornerback Trumaine Johnson, safety LaMarcus Joyner, and wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Although Johnson hasn’t been able to hammer out a new long-term deal over the last couple of offseasons, the upward direction of the team, along with his importance to the secondary, should lead to the front office making a strong effort to lock him in to a multi-year deal.
Joyner has quickly become one of the most versatile and dependable defensive backs in the league. He played a key role in stabilizing the secondary alongside rookie safety Josh Johnson this past season. Additionally, there is also a growing sense that the Rams are going to place the franchise tag on Watkins at the start of the free agency.
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On top of that, Los Angeles will likely work toward locking up star defensive tackle Aaron Donald to a new, long-term deal, especially with him entering the final year of his current contract in 2018. Donald is arguably the best defensive player in the league, and securing him to another contract is a top priority for the Rams this offseason.

It’s quite clear that Los Angeles has to make some critical roster decisions over the coming weeks and months that will undoubtedly have a huge impact on the future of the franchise.