Stay or leave: Predicting the futures of every Rams free agent

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Cameron DaSilva
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At the start of the legal tampering period, the Rams sat $33 million over the salary cap. Signing outside free agents will obviously be difficult, as will re-signing their own pending free agents. They just don’t have the money to make big splashes this year.

But the Rams will likely get at least a handful of deals done with some of their key free agents, so long as they don’t get significantly outbid on the open market.

With the legal tampering period open and the official start of free agency upon us, we predicted whether each Rams free agent will be re-signed or leave for another team.

OLB Leonard Floyd

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The Rams seem like they're making a push to bring back Floyd, and it's easy to understand why. After he had 10.5 sacks last season, he clearly emerged as a perfect fit in the Rams defense, and remains a strong fit even after the departure of Brandon Staley. Los Angeles will bring him back and keep the pass rush mostly intact. Prediction: Signs three-year, $42 million deal with Rams

S John Johnson

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Johnson seems destined to leave, with several teams already showing interest in him. The Rams don't typically re-sign defensive backs to long-term extensions, so they're likely to let him walk and sign a lucrative contract with another team willing to pay him upwards of $14 million per year. Prediction: Signs four-year, $56 million deal elsewhere

CB Troy Hill

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Hill is a hot-and-cold player who comes under a lot of criticism from Rams fans, but he's a key part of the defense and his versatility is valuable in the secondary. He'll be back with the Rams next season as their starting nickel corner. Prediction: Signs two-year, $13 million deal with Rams

WR Josh Reynolds

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The Rams drafted Reynolds' replacement last year when they took Van Jefferson. Everything points to Reynolds leaving, especially with LA looking for a true deep threat to complement its current group of receivers. He's gone. Prediction: Signs three-year, $18 million deal elsewhere

C Austin Blythe

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The comments from Les Snead and Sean McVay this offseason make it clear that the Rams value Blythe and would like to bring him back. It won't come cheap, but they'll find a way to keep him in Los Angeles with a multi-year extension. Prediction: Signs three-year, $26 million deal with Rams

CB Darious Williams

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A second-round tender and long-term extension are also on the table for Williams, but the Rams will opt for the first-round tender to almost assure that he'll be in Los Angeles for at least one more season. It's unlikely a team would be willing to give up a first for him. Prediction: Receives 1st-round RFA tender

TE Gerald Everett

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Everett's future feels similar to Reynolds'. The Rams drafted Brycen Hopkins in the fourth round last year, and also have Tyler Higbee still on the roster. Everett should have a strong market as a dynamic pass-catching tight end. Prediction: Signs four-year, $30 million deal elsewhere

OLB Samson Ebukam

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Ebukam has made some plays for the Rams in the last four years, but they've been too few and far between. Los Angeles will give its other pass rushers a chance to start next season, with either Obo Okoronkwo, Justin Hollins or Terrell Lewis stepping up, most likely. Prediction: Signs one-year, $4 million deal elsewhere

RB Malcolm Brown

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Running back isn't a position of need for the Rams with Cam Akers, Darrell Henderson and Xavier Jones all on the roster. Expect Brown to find a home with another team, while the Rams will either roll with those three running backs, or possibly add a pass-catching threat to complement Akers and Henderson. Prediction: Signs two-year, $3 million deal elsewhere

DE Morgan Fox

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Fox is an underrated player for the Rams and actually offers more pass-rushing upside than Michael Brockers at defensive end. Los Angeles will find a way to keep him on the roster with a multi-year deal, which could spur the front office to part ways with either Brockers or A'Shawn Robinson. Prediction: Signs three-year, $20 million deal with Rams

OLB Derek Rivers

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Rivers' market won't be strong after missing significant time with injuries in his career, and the Rams will probably want to get a longer look at him this offseason. A one-year deal for both sides could be beneficial. Prediction: Signs one-year, $1.5 million deal with Rams

TE Johnny Mundt

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Mundt is a restricted free agent like Williams, but the RFA tender is too costly for a reserve tight end, which Mundt is. Instead, the Rams will try to work out a one-year deal for a lower price, keeping their blocking tight end in the mix. Prediction: Signs one-year, $1 million deal with Rams

QB Blake Bortles

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It'd be surprising to see Bortles back with the Rams after the team signed him as an emergency option when Jared Goff was injured. He could have a hard time finding a home as a No. 2 QB next season. Prediction: Signs one-year, $1.5 million deal elsewhere

LS Jake McQuaide

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The Rams signed two long snappers to futures deals, which isn't a coincidence. As good as McQuaide is, the Rams might try to cut corners everywhere they can to save money. Long snapper is probably a position where they can get away with that. Prediction: Signs one-year, $1.2 million deal elsewhere

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