Rams 2013 Salary Situation: Breaking Down St. Louis' Current Cap Status
Over the course of the past couple weeks the Rams have been taking every approach to lower their salary cap number. Steven Jackson voiding the final year of his contract was a start, and releasing Quintin Mikell was an additional step to trimming even more fat.
Both of those moves combined for $10 million in savings off the total cap number. That, in turn, has put them approximately $25,031,393 under the cap. That's good news for a team looking for help on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball.
According to Overthecap.com, at the opening bell of free agency, the Rams total cap number was at $97,968,607.
Signings and Other Contract Moves
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Signed left tackle Jake Long to a four-year deal. Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the deal could earn Long up to $36 million.
Signed tight end Jared Cook to a five-year deal, according to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network. Over the course of the next five years, Cook will receive $35.1 million total and $19 million in guarantees.
Re-signed defensive end William Hayes to a three-year deal, per Mike Garafolo of USA Today. Hayes will receive $10.5 million total, with over half of the contract guaranteed.
Re-signed defensive tackle Jermelle Cudjo to a two-year, $1.8 million deal, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Estimated Cap Space: $117,171,835 [March 21, 11:34 p.m. ET]