Cost-Effective Moves St. Louis Rams Can Make This Offseason

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Cost-Effective Moves St. Louis Rams Can Make This Offseason
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Every NFL franchise, including the St. Louis Rams, will look for cost-effective ways to improve their teams this offseason.

Fans typically hope their favorite team can lure in a game-changing free agent, but blockbuster names are only obtained by teams willing to carry the burden of a major contract—which can financially cripple a team's future, especially if the superstar doesn't pan out. 

For the Rams, the odds of them taking on such a contract in free agency is slim at best. 

Currently, St. Louis is an estimated $10 million under the 2013 salary cap (according to Turf Show Times), which is anticipated to be set at just above $120 million (according to ESPN). 

The Rams lost a sizable amount of cap room after extending DE Chris Long and LB James Laurinaitis to new contracts in 2012. Long signed a five-year deal worth $60.3 million and Laurinaitis was locked up for six years at $42.1 million (according to  

And with WR Danny Amendola and RB Steven Jackson set to enter free agency, the Rams still have work to do as far as securing their core players. 

Even so, the outlook is far from bleak. 

Vice president Kevin Demoff and general manager Les Snead will tweak the roster, make some cuts and possibly rework some contracts in order to create breathing room. 

Additionally, they'll spend wisely in free agency—they'll search for young players in their prime who can make an impact on the field without a huge price tag. 

Read on to get a glance at some possible offseason moves that make financial sense. 

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