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Thursday, January 23, 2014
The next big thing: Rams

By Nick Wagoner

ST. LOUIS --The NFL scouting combine is less than a month away, with free agency set to start soon after, and the St. Louis Rams have much to figure out before the new league year begins.

General manager Les Snead insists his team doesn't have one particular need, other than more experience for his team. That can't come until next season begins, but the Rams have plenty of business matters to tend to before they reach that point.

First and foremost, the Rams have some difficult decisions to make in terms of their salary cap. As it stands, the Rams figure to be right up against next year's salary cap (how close remains to be seen until the new figure is released) and they'll need money to sign a rookie class, any of their own free agents, and any other help via free agency. Likewise, a possible big-money extension for defensive end Robert Quinn looms in the background.

To create some salary-cap flexibility, the Rams will likely hone in on center Scott Wells (2014 cap figure of $6.5 million), guard Harvey Dahl ($4 million) and cornerback Cortland Finnegan ($10 million). Once those decisions are made, the Rams can turn their attention to important in-house free-agent offensive lineman Rodger Saffold.