After the Super Bowl it’s time for the NFL offseason to begin. The Rams although a “super team” do have a good amount of free agents this offseason. They’re currently projected $-13,172,364 cap space currently via Spotrac, but can free up more with restructures. According to over the cap, they can create roughly 70 million in cap space with those restructures. Aside from their free agents, they need to take care of a Stafford extension, and a possible re-negotiation on Aaron Donald’s contract. We know Les Snead is no stranger to letting free agents walk for comp picks in the future, so his actions can help net some draft capital. They can’t re-sign all their free agents, so let’s breakdown who their priorities should be before they hit free agency.
Austin Corbett Guard 26
After a trade from the Cleveland Browns in 2019 Corbett has been great for the Rams O-Line. He’s started at various positions on the line during his tenure and has played at least 98% of the snaps as a Ram. His versatility and relative youth are definite pros for a good contract. The coaches believe in his ability which is why they trusted him to move from center to guard during training camp. The fact that Brian Allen, Joe Noteboom, and Coleman Shelton are all free agents gives some more urgency to re-sign him. After yet another year of consistent play from Corbett, it’s time to reward him. PFF projection: 4 yrs — $9.25m avg/yr
Sebastian Joseph-Day Defensive Tackle 26
SJD has been a great rotational player on the Rams defensive line, and the stats certainly show that. The Rams run defense declined significantly after his injury in week 7, and he hasn’t played since then. He’s primarily lined up at nose tackle for the Rams and has excelled in run stopping and eating up blocks rather than pass rushing. His run stopping ability can come in handy given the fact that A’Shawn Robinson is a free agent next year. After a breakout first half of the season, he’ll likely take a discount to stay in LA. PFF projection: 3 years, $24 million ($8M per year), $15.5 million total guaranteed
Matt Gay Kicker 27
This one should be a no brainer. Gay had the best season of his career and had the 2nd highest field goal percentage behind Justin Tucker. He only missed 2 field goals and 1 extra point in the regular season, and has been consistent all year. I’d expect the Rams to re-sign him as they don’t have any better options in waiting. They should immediately take care of their most consistent special teams player with a good contract. He is a restricted free agent, so the Rams do have the opportunity to match what another team offers him, but that shouldn’t be a problem. PFF projection: $3 million per year