The 7 worst contracts in LA Rams franchise history
The LA Rams laid eggs in their time. Successfully drafting an NFL contract takes science, art, a lot of practice, and way too much math for my liking. It’s the challenge of every NFL team, a choreographed tango between each player with the team’s front office. But every dance move a player has has to be weighed against what they’ll do to the team’s entire dance floor.
It’s a synchronized mathematical waltz. The Rams’ front office enters each offseason with a host of synchronized contract duties that must be completed in chronological order so as not to trigger any NFL penalties for inadvertently exceeding the annual salary cap.
If the team overpays, they have a few options, but none of them maintain the same chemistry and relationship with that player. If the team underpays a player who beats a contract, the LA Rams are one of the teams that will review the contract and recalibrate compensation to reflect better-than-expected play.
To be fair, the LA Rams found themselves in pretty tough financial straits before and after their 2018 Super Bowl appearance. But to their credit, the team bit the bullet, found creative ways to untangle the financial quagmire, and is now on its way back to a predictable payroll plateau.
Oh, and in the process he remained very successful and even ended up winning Super Bowl LVI. It’s just not something that happens very often in the NFL. A good analogy is to compare what wide receiver Cooper Kupp did on the football field in 2021, both in the regular season and in the playoffs,? That’s the financial equivalent of what LA Rams finance officials have been able to accomplish over the past three NFL seasons.
After all, two years ago we were one of the websites highlighting how awful those 2018 and 2019 contracts were. We dared to ask the question: do some LA Rams players stop trying after getting “paid”? Since that article, the Rams front office has delivered some of the best team-friendly contracts in the NFL. Leonard Floyd.? Von Miller? Odell Beckham Jr? Matthew Stafford? All were pure masterpieces.