The Los Angeles Rams have more issues than finding a place to practice and moving across the country. Aside from finding a franchise quarterback and wide receiver, the Rams are facing the possibility of major turnover in the defensive secondary. Cornerbacks Janoris Jenkins and Trumaine Johnson, safety Rodney McLeod, and linebacker Mark Barron are going to become free agents in April and they're all kinda good. The fact that they're good poses a problem for the Rams, who would like to re-sign all of them.
The Rams just freed up around $24 million in cap space by releasing middle linebacker James Laurinaitis, defensive end Chris Long, and tight end Jared Cook. By cutting the trio of high-priced talents, the Rams moved up to No. 4 in the NFL in available cap room, with around $60 million in cap space. With most of that committed to an offense that basically goes nowhere, one would expect the Rams to free up a little more space. Where they free up more space might be a matter of opinion.
Perhaps the Rams will move to restructure quarterback Nick Foles' contract or look to trade wide receiver Kenny Britt. The Rams also have defensive tackle Michael Brockers set to become a free agent at the end of the season and set to provide a cap hit of $6.1 million dollars this season. Foles will cost the Rams about $8.75 million in cap space and Britt will cost Los Angeles about half of that at $4.8 million. It's a lot of money tied up on expiring contracts and not all of the players signed to them are producing.
Whatever the Rams do, it's likely that free agency will start with the secondary. As a coverage safety, McLeod is likely the top priority for the Rams and he's probably going to come cheaper than Jenkins or Johnson. When it comes to signing one or both cornerbacks, Johnson represents the steadier and more growth-inclined option. The three of them have taken to social media to campaign for a package deal, but it's hard to see Los Angeles ponying up the cash for all three with so many other options available.