The Los Angeles Rams could be looking to open up some cap space prior to free agency. According to Sport Illustrated and MMQB’s Albert Breer, Snead and co. have made defensive lineman Michael Brockers available for trade. Breer wrote:
Rams DL Michael Brockers: Still just 30, and under contract at a reasonable $9 million this year and $9 million next year, Brockers is available.
This adds the report that front office has also made Robert Havenstein available for trade. The team is clearly looking at all avenues to open up cap space. Last offseason, Brockers initially signed with the Baltimore Ravens. Brockers failed his physical and ended up back on the Rams.
If the Rams were to trade Brockers, they would open up nearly $6M in cap space. That would obviously be a big help to get the team under the cap. The issue would be replacing Brockers. Most likely, they could get a 4th or 5th round selection in return.
However, the Rams also don’t have a lot of depth on the defensive line. They could move A’Shawn Robinson to defensive end, keep Sebastian Joseph-Day at nose-tackle, and Aaron Donald on the other side. They also tend to move their defensive linemen around a lot.
Additionally, teams have called on Robert Woods. Said Breer,
Teams have also called on Robert Woods, though L.A.’s been hesitant to move him in the past when interest from contending teams has surfaced.
The Rams could open up $13M by trading Woods. However, given how much he means to the Rams offense and the fact that they just signed him to an extension, that remains unlikely. Woods had a down year, but remains a veteran in the wide receiver room.
In return, the Rams could probably get a 3rd round selection for Woods. At that point, while opening up cap space is nice, it’s simply not worth it.
The Rams have a lot of work to do in order to get under the cap. Trading starting caliber players could be in the cards.