With free agency rapidly approaching, the St. Louis Rams are taking inventory to determine which veterans are worth the money.
With Steven Jackson and Danny Amendola hitting the open market, and safety Quintin Mikell likely to be cut, the Rams have several obvious needs that must be addressed promptly.
The Rams were initially tight on spending money with an estimated $10 million in cap space, but with the voided contract of Jackson ($7 million) and the potential cuts of Harvey Dahl ($4 million) and Mikell ($9 million), the Rams are in decent shape.
Additionally, the 2013 salary cap figure will be set at $123 million (according to ESPN), which is higher than expected and gives the Rams an additional $2 million of wiggle room.
This means the Rams can potentially enter the market with $32 million to spare.
The Rams will need a portion of that money to re-sign several of their mid-level players (Rob Turner, Brandon Gibson, William Hayes), while they'll also explore the possibility of retaining Jackson or Amendola (maybe even both).
On top of that, some of the funds will be reserved for their draft selections.
Based on the 2012 draft, here's how much the Rams' draft will cost in 2013 based on their picks: No. 16 (Quinton Coples, $1.6 million), No. 22 (Brandon Weeden, $1.46 million), No. 46 (Mychal Kendricks, $808,080), No. 78 (Michael Egnew, $537,239), No. 110 (Ladarius Green, $502,788), No. 143 (Brandon Marshall, $390,000), No. 174 (Kieth Tandy, $510,600), No. 206 (LaVon Brazill $409,670).
Based on the 2012 numbers, St. Louis' 2013 draft will cost approximately $6.22 million, which is slightly higher than usual since they own two first-round picks.
In the end, we don't know exactly how much free money the team will have for free agency because we don't know which players will be retained.
But in this scenario, let's assume the Rams have just under $20 million to spend.
Read on for a look at players who fill a need in St. Louis and can hopefully come at a fair price.
Note: All salary cap numbers and player contract details are courtesy of Spotrac.com.