Los Angeles Rams free agents – Defense
The Rams don’t have a ton of major free agents on defense. Von Miller is the most notable one, coming over in a trade with Denver earlier in the season.
Miller was a huge part of the Rams’ success, and he apparently wants to test free agency. Miller has never been a free agent before, and tons of teams will want his services, so Von Miller being able to experience an NFL free agency period will surely be an interesting time.
Other outside linebackers who are set to be free agents include Travin Howard and Ogbonnia Okoronkwo. These guys are depth pieces. Teams with adequate depth go a long way, so the Rams would be smart to retain both. Games are won and lost in the NFL, especially towards the end of a season, because of their depth players.
The Rams gave up their 2022 2nd and 3rd round picks for Von, so they obviously want to retain his services. Look for the Rams to be aggressive in this.
Another linebacker free agent is inside linebacker Troy Reeder. He isn’t the best of players and I think the Rams will let him test free agency.
Darious Williams is the Rams’ second-best corner, and he’s a free agent. He broke onto the scene in 2020, with four interceptions. He was not as good this year, but the Rams already lost Troy Hill and John Johnson III to free agency last offseason, so I’m willing to bet the team wants to retain Williams.
His value is projected at a 4 year, $58 million contract. The Rams will have to create some cap space to make that happen.
Sebastian Joseph-Day is also a free agent. His rookie contract is up, and he played in all games in 2019 and 2020. He played in just seven games in 2021 because of injury. I believe the Rams would look to retain his services, especially with the uncertainty of Aaron Donald’s future.
As for the special teams, Pro Bowl kicker Matt Gay is a free agent. He made 94.1% of his field goals this season. Pro Bowl kickers are not expensive to retain as it relates to the entire cap situation, so the Rams are surely set to get an extension for Gay done. Quality kicking in the NFL is on the decline, and Gay is one of the league’s best.
All in all, the Rams do not have a ton of notable free agents. They can, according to Overthecap, free up about $17 million in cap space by extending Matthew Stafford. They could also free up another $10 million if they restructured the contract of Jalen Ramsey.
The Rams went all-in for 2021, and with a few adjustments, they are poised to retain some of their free agents and be right back where they were, competing for a Super Bowl.