- Nick Wagoner, ESPN Staff Writer
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The St. Louis Rams rank 170th out of 333 international teams surveyed in an ESPN/SportingIntelligence report revealing the sports franchises that spend the most on their players. That represents a drop of 24 spots from their rank of No. 146 a year ago.
The Rams average annual salary of $1.9 million per player is down 6.3 percent from last season, and the team's total payroll of $100.8 million ranks 63rd overall.
Because of the NFL's salary cap and the number of players on each roster, it should come as little surprise that the NFL teams are all clumped together in a group between Nos. 124 and 176. The Miami Dolphins have the highest annual average salary at $2.3 million while the New York Jets have the lowest at $1.7 million.
Looking ahead to 2015, the Rams three highest-paid players in terms of cap value are scheduled to be defensive end Robert Quinn ($16.74 million), defensive end Chris Long ($12.5 million) and tight end Jared Cook ($8.3 million).
Subtracting quarterback Sam Bradford and adding Nick Foles represented the biggest shift in pay for a starting position on the roster as Bradford was scheduled to count $16.58 million against the cap. Trading Bradford resulted in $3.595 million in dead money but saved the Rams almost $13 million in base salary. Foles is scheduled to count just $1.542 million against this year's cap.
the team's total payroll of $100.8 million ranks 63rd overall.