Cash-flow issues and the Rams' roster moves
Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando
Rams owner Chip Rosenbloom's attempts to find a buyer for the franchise comes while "cash flow for the family is a problem" -- which invites scrutiny upon the team's decision to part with so many older, higher-priced players.
Every new coaching staff wants to reshape its roster. The Rams needed to get younger whether or not cash flow was a problem for ownership. Most of the players the Rams released were arguably scheduled to earn more than they proved to be worth. Salary-cap concerns were another factor. Still, cash-flow issues could have influenced some decisions.
The Rams saved $26.85 million in 2009 cash outlays by releasing the following seven players:
- Torry Holt: $7.9M in salary and bonus
- Orlando Pace: $6M in salary and bonus
- Drew Bennett: $3.8M in salary and bonus
- Pisa Tinoisamoa: $3.25M in salary
- Trent Green: $2.9M in salary and bonus
- Corey Chavous: $2.0M in salary
- Anthony Becht: $1M in salary
These are gross savings. Net savings are less. The Rams released Green, for example, but a contract for his replacement, Kyle Boller, cost $1.5 million in salary and bonus.
Bennett needed to go. Time appeared to run out for Green and Chavous. Holt's salary was inflated. I think the Rams would have been more talented keeping Pace, Tinoisamoa and probably even Becht. Those players found homes on winning teams. Pace commanded as much in 2009 money from the Bears as the Rams would have paid him.