Big changes coming for our rudderless Rams, so the new HC is likely to design our forward direction with his own philosophy affecting the team from top to bottom. School is out on whether more front office organizational moves are made during this shake-up. Either way we can expect some player turnover, especially with potential upcoming free agents and where contracts may be determined as too expensive based on production. It will be difficult for me to imagine a HC candidate without a strong offensive resume, one which features an ability to train up young QB's. The Rams are the youngest team in the NFL for 4 straight seasons, this leads to penalties and other mistakes in regards to creating more consistent execution, couple this with the lack of a 1'st round draft pick, expect a greater emphasis on building through free agency, at least for 2017.
My 4'th round pick Awuzie has been marching up the rankings these past few weeks, his upcoming game against OSU may or may not decide whether he remains available to us at this spot. Other than currently listed potential free agents, we don't know who other teams may release at this early date, but for the moment i've cut or released 13 of our own players, all but one of whom are on our regular 53 roster. I've signed 5 free agents with this mock and the difference would be made up from currently unknown CAP cuts from other teams, our limited draft/UDFA's, and at least one player moving up from the practice squad.
The Rams are expecting to enter the off-season with approximately $43.5 mil in available CAP space, my own CAP cuts pretty much covers most of whatever it should cost to re-sign Tru Johnson, so that figure would remain relatively static once free agency season opens ... meaning my listed free agents should easily be achievable while also paying for our limited draft class and 3'rd tier free agents to fill out the roster.
Head Coach recruiting : Norv Turner, Todd Haley, Kyle Shanahan.
Re-sign : UFA's Tru Johnson, Cunningham & Zuerlein, retain RFA's Easley, Westbrooks & ERFA's Longacre & Trinca-Pasat.
Do not re-sign : TJ McDonald, Kenny Britt, Brian Quick, Chase Reynolds, Cam Thomas, Demetrious Rhaney, Case Keenum & Pace Murphy.
CAP cut : Saffold, Barnes, Sims, Harkey & Mason
2017 Free Agency :
LT - Matt Kalil (short term 'prove-it deal' coming off IR)
LG - Ron Leary
WR - Alshon Jeffery
DE - Dion Jordan (another inexpensive rotational IR bargain)
DT - Abry Jones (rotation behind Brockers)
2017 Draft :
2) C/OG - Ethan Pocic, LSU or Pat Elflein, Oh.St
3) OG/OT - Zach Banner, USC
4) CB - Chidobe Awuzie, Co.
5) S - Jonathan Ford, Aub.
6) WR - Travin Dural, LSU
2017 O-Line :
LT - Kalil, GRob, (Williams or Battle)
LG - Leary, Banner, Wichmann
C - Pocic, Wichmann
RG - GRob, Banner, Brown
RT - Havenstein, Donnal, GRob