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Scott Wells is far and away the Rams' highest-paid offensive lineman; he will rake in $6.5 million clams in 2013.
Though Wells' injury-shortened 2012 season was a disappointment, there isn't much the Rams can do with his contract just yet. If Wells has anything less than a top-tier effort in 2013, he may find himself being asked to restructure for 2014.
The second-highest paid Rams offensive lineman is Wayne Hunter.
Yup, Wayne Hunter.
The same guy who was booed out of New York and then spent the 2012 season as an overpriced, underwhelming backup to Barry Richardson.
$4 million is a lot of money for a backup tackle. The Rams can cut him and save nearly all of it. They will certainly do that.
There is good news and bad news with Rodger Saffold. The good news is that he is only going to count $1.46 million against the cap in 2013.
The bad news is that he is an unrestricted free agent after the season. This means the Rams need to work out an extension before or during the 2013 season. Though Saffold isn't considered by most to be a top-tier left tackle, he will still get one hell of a raise.
Harvey Dahl is due to make $4 million in each of the next two seasons. The Rams will pay him this year, but if he doesn't improve on his 2012 performance, he may find himself out of work in about 12 months' time.
The next highest paid offensive lineman is Shelley Smith. The former sixth-round pick of the Houston Texans is slated to make $630,000 in 2013, the final year of his back-loaded rookie contract.
He may be a candidate for the chopping block, as he could be replaced by a mid- to late-round draft pick which would save the Rams a few hundred thousand dollars.
Joe Barksdale, Brandon Washington, Ty Nsekhe and Rokevious Watkins are all in the $400,000 to $550,000 range.
Don't expect much change from this group. Though a drafted replacement may come a little cheaper than Barksdale's $555,000, the Rams only have so many picks.