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Reactions Flood for Rams Potentially Adds $43.5M Per Bowler

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Here we are again: There are many who believe the Los Angeles Rams have another chance to add more star power.

This time around, the latest name to be attached to the Rams by fans by his name is newly released 2020 Pro Bowler James Bradberry — who was once signed to a three-year, $43.5 million contract by the team.

How did the now-former New York Giants cornerback get here? After the Giants could not find a trader for their cornerback, he was released by the team late Monday morning, May 9, according to The Athletic’s Giants reporter Dan Duggan.

“The Giants are releasing CB James Bradberry after failing to find a trading partner, per source.” Duggan tweeted.

The Giants insider added more nuggets to the move – and revealed the financial impact this is having on the G-Men long-term.

“The move will create $10.1 million in cap savings while leaving $11.7 million in dead money (savings will be $11.5 million, with $10.4 million Dollars this year and $1.4 million in 2023 are dead if they make a June 1 cut),” Duggan added.

After Bradberry’s release, the “Rams House” began playing on social media.

NFL fans already have a feeling the Rams will get down the recruiting lane and try to tie the now-available 28-year-old.

Twitter account The Ramily Report tried to ask All-Pro Rams cornerback and captain Jalen Ramsey what he thought about the Bradberry possibility:

Another Rams fan account fired off the burning question:

Another Rams fan tweeted this suggestion:

Unfortunately for the fans clamoring for Bradberry at the “Rams House,” and for all the analysts wanting to see the Rams race Bradberry, reality is setting in.

As intriguing as it looks to add another Pro Bowler across from Ramsey and have him alongside the likes of Bobb Wagner, Aaron Donald etc., there’s no way the Rams would have room for him this late in the offseason.

For starters, the Rams have already made one free-agent move to expand cornerback space: Re-adding slot cornerback Troy Hill after a year-long experiment with the Cleveland Browns. According to Spotrac, the Rams will pick up a $1.5 million base salary from the two-year, $9 million contract he originally signed with the Browns.

But outside of free agency, the Rams bolstered the CB unit through the NFL draft. Derion Kendrick of Georgia and Decobie Durant of South Carolina State, the former winning a national title and the latter receiving praise from Deion Sanders, were added by the franchise. Both bring an air snap element to the Rams.

In Kendrick’s case, he didn’t allow his team a single touchdown, even in games against the fierce Southeastern Conference (SEC) gauntlet. Also, Kendrick brings that crucial element to the Rams’ defense: neutralizing passes that extend beyond 10 yards — with Kendrick completing the lowest number of rookie-class completions from corners for 2022, according to Sports Info Solutions.

Durant, meanwhile, surfaced on the NFL boards with a two-interception game against national powerhouse Clemson.

Hall of Famer Sanders then praised Durant after a big game in the 2021 Celebration Bowl mentioned in this Heavy on Rams story.

With those two on board and the rest of the CB room, Downtown Rams’ Jake Ellenbogen is one who can’t imagine Bradberry dropping by.

As tempting as it may look for the Rams to add another Pro Bowler, the champions most likely won’t have enough to chase him or be interested in bringing him in. Duggan has already introduced the strongest suitors, none of them the Aries.

In Kendrick’s case, he didn’t allow his team a single touchdown, even in games against the fierce Southeastern Conference (SEC) gauntlet. Also, Kendrick brings that crucial element to the Rams’ defense: neutralizing passes that extend beyond 10 yards — with Kendrick completing the lowest number of rookie-class completions from corners for 2022, according to Sports Info Solutions.



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