The Rams making a run for the Super Bowl, but can they keep all that talent?
Oh Shit!” is probably the best phrase to sum up the 2018 NFL off season. Many blockbuster trades Big Contract free agency signings has kept football fans on their toes. Particularly, the Los Angeles Rams have made the biggest splash. Most notably, they have acquired:
CB: Marcus Peters (2015 Defensive ROY, 2X All-Pro 2x Pro Bowl)
CB: Aqib Talib (2x All-Pro 5x Pro bowl)
DT: Ndamukong Suh (2010 Defensive ROY, 5x All-Pro 5x Pro Bowl)
WR: Brandin Cooks (eclipsed over 1,000 yards receiving in each of the past 3 seasons)
In short, all these niggas are like REALLY FUCKING GOOD.
Bringing these elite players to an already up-and-coming elite team arguably makes the Rams the most dangerous team in the NFL.
Offensively, Brandin Cooks speed and ability to take the top off the defense will open up the run game, making the 2018 Offensive player of the year Todd Gurley even MORE dangerous.
Defensively, Ndamukong Suh (Who is probably the 2nd most unblockable linemen in the NFL) is paired up with AarronDonald (Who IS the MOST unblockable linemen in the NFL) creating a brick wall up front. With two lockdown corners (Peters & Talib) there is literally no way around this defense on paper.
Do I smell a dynasty brewing!?
……no, Here’s why
Most of the Rams superstars have one BIG thing in common: This is the final years of their rookie contracts.
Unlike the MLB, the NFL’s cap space is one big thunder cloud that hovers over teams. Being that the rams have 3 of the most promising NFL superstars in Jared Goff, Todd Gurley, & Aaron Donald, Their salary cap room is gonna get REAAAL tight next year because nigga tryna get PAID. Aaron Donald will probably seek be the highest paid defensive player in the history of the NFL, Todd Gurley would more than likely seek to be the highest paid running back, and if Jared Goff has a slightly above average season, He’ll be paid as a top 5 QB.
Amongst the New free agents, Marcus Peters & Brandin Cooks are both in their final contract years as well . Peters will seek to be the highest paid CB and Cooks will want top 5 WR salary.
Theres NO WAY IN HELL the Rams will be able to pay all 5 of these niggas. At best, they will keep Donald and Goff. Depending on his production, Cooks may stay as well. Everyone else will be donning other jerseys in the upcoming years. The 2018-2019 season is a “All or nothing” year for the Rams, and if they don’t win it all then, they will be back at square one.