When the Los Angeles Rams and linebacker Bobby Wagner mutually agreed to part ways before the start of the league year, it indicated the start of a change in the organization and perhaps more importantly, why that might be occurring.
That the linebacker was interested in more stability and perhaps a better chance to win than he would have with the Rams is a far cry from a year ago when players saw the Rams as repeat Super Bowl contenders.
Coming off a 5-12 season, there is uncertainty about what the Rams’ roster will look like going into next season. During his end-of-season news conference, Rams general manager Les Snead used the word “remodel” instead of "rebuild" when talking about offseason moves. The Rams are currently more than $14 million over the 2023 salary cap, according to Over the Cap, although when Wagner's release is official, they will save $5 million.
They will have to not only make cuts to get under the cap and make moves in the new league year, but likely have to restructure contracts, too. There isn’t a lot of space to trim fat without a lot of dead money, although the front office has been creative in the past to get under the cap and isn’t afraid to make aggressive moves.
Here’s a look at moves the Rams could make this offseason as part of their “remodel.”
Trading cornerback Jalen Ramsey
While the Rams have gotten calls inquiring about Ramsey’s availability, the team isn’t sure whether it will trade the star cornerback, a team source told ESPN. If Los Angeles does trade him, it would likely take a first-round pick or a package with a second-round pick and more.
Ramsey has three years remaining on the contract extension he signed in 2020 that made him the highest-paid at his position at the time, but there isn’t any guaranteed money remaining for the final two seasons.