A little over a year after winning the Super Bowl, the Los Angeles Rams are moving on from some of their most valuable players.
The Rams are having trade talks centered around All-Pro cornerback Jalen Ramsey, who is expected to be dealt in the “coming weeks,” NFL Media reported on Friday.
The Rams, who are currently more than $14 million over the salary cap, are looking to clear room after finishing 5-12 last season. If a trade is designated before June 1, the Rams will have to eat $19.6 million in dead money. Ramsey carries a base salary of $17 million (2023), $14.5 million (2024) and $15.5 million (2025) over the next three years.
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The latest development comes one day after the team decided it would part ways with All-Pro linebacker Bobby Wagner, who was just one season into a five-year $50 million contract and had a strong statistical season in 2022 with 140 tackles, a career-high six sacks and two interceptions. For a ninth consecutive season, he was named an All-Pro.
Like Wagner, the Rams’ decision to move on from Ramsey is likely not about his play on the field. He is coming off his sixth-consecutive Pro Bowl season after playing all 17 games and compiling 88 tackles, four interceptions and two forced fumbles.
Los Angeles acquired Ramsey from the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2019 in exchange for two first-round draft picks and a fourth-rounder. The Rams then signed Ramsey to a five-year, $105 million contract less than a year later.