The Rams have created $433,181 in salary cap space with a two year extension given to DE Eugene Sims, whose contract was set to expire after this season. Though I do not have exact details of the extension we often make estimates here and I feel confident enough to put them online. Per NFLPA records the Rams reduced Sims salary from $1,201,021 to $651,156 continuing their quirky belief in palindromes for contract figures. That seems to have been bolstered by giving Sims a prorated bonus this year that would seem to total $350,053. Sims’ base salaries in 2014 and 2015 are $950,000 and $1,650,000. If I am able to get any more information on the contract I will adjust accordingly, but at least for the 2013 season I am confident in the salary cap estimates.
The Rams also restructured G Harvey Dahl’s contract to gain $1.25 million in cap space, though I dont have enough details yet to do anything more than a pure guess as his 2014 season was also changed in the restructure. Dahls cap figure should be $2.75 million in 2013, but I’ll update that later today when and if I get more information.
These two moves should move the Rams far enough under the salary cap to function this year leaving the New York Giants as the only team that seemingly has work left to do to be cap compliant by 4PM today.
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