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After making splash free agent signings in receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Bobby Wagner, the Los Angeles Rams have put the spending spree on hold – at least for now.
An important aspect of LA’s team building approach under general manager Les Snead and head coach Sean McVay has been the manipulation of the compensatory selection formula in order to maximize the value of players they lose to free agency. The Rams are careful to not sign free agents with expiring deals from other teams, with very few exceptions – including Robinson this cycle.
After losing pass rusher Von Miller, corner Darious Williams, defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph-Day, and guard Austin Corbett to larger free agent deals, the Rams are once again expecting a sizeable haul in the form of compensatory draft selections. Robinson will offset the return to a certain extent, but overall LA will likely net bonus draft choices in the fourth and fifth rounds for 2023.
Wagner was released by the Seattle Seahawks, so he does not count against the compensatory formula in 2022. Los Angeles has used this approach in the past in order to avoid losing potential comp picks, and Wagner joins a list that includes Leonard Floyd and punter Riley Dixon over the last couple of offseasons.When could Rams resume free agent spending? Click To Tweet