LA Rams continue compensatory pick strategy beyond 2019 free agency – Turf Show Times


It’s the beginning of free agency, and the Los Angeles Rams appear to have made the key decisions to make on some of their core veterans and recent acquisitions.

No, I’m not talking about 2019.

I’m talking about 2018.

The Rams ultimately let twice-tagged CB Trumaine Johnson and WR Sammy Watkins leave via free agency (among others) for a combined tune of $120.5m spread out over their contracts, respectively. The NFL spotted them two compensatory picks for their troubles in the third round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Flash forward to this offseason, and the team is headed toward being in the same boat. New Rams S Eric Weddle was cut by the Baltimore Ravens, meaning he doesn’t impact the compensation formula much like the Rams pickup of DL Ndamukong Suh who was similarly let go a year ago. So in terms of comp picks, the Rams are once again sitting pretty good.

For reference, here was last year:

2018 Free Agent Comp Picks

Name Position Contract (Yrs) Contract (Val) Yr/Val Comp Pick
Name Position Contract (Yrs) Contract (Val) Yr/Val Comp Pick
Trumaine Johnson CB 5 72.5 14.5 3rd
Sammy Watkins WR 3 48 16 3rd
Cody Davis S 2 5.25 2.625 7th

And now, here is what we have so far with S Lamarcus Joyner joining the Raiders and G Rodger Saffold III heading to Nashville:

2019 Free Agent Comp Picks

Name Position Contract (Yrs) Contract (Val) Yr/Val Comp Pick
Name Position Contract (Yrs) Contract (Val) Yr/Val Comp Pick
LaMarcus Joyner S 4 42 10.5 ?
Rodger Saffold G 4 44 11 ?
Ndamukong Suh DT ?

While the average value per year is down, guard and safety are not exactly the most marquee positions. For now, the Rams would easily get a compensation pick for both of the departed players, likely in the 3rd-4th range, depending on how the contracts continue to be handed out in free agency.

Poll

What round do you think the contracts for Joyner and Saffold are worth from a comp pick perspective?

  • 63%

    3rd

    (542 votes)

  • 34%

    4th

    (294 votes)

  • 1%

    5th or lower

    (11 votes)



847 votes total

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