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2 years at the bottom, 1 at the top

The Los Angeles Rams might be right up against the salary cap this year, but it’s not because they’re spending a ton of money on their current players. They just have a painful amount of dead money on the books from the veterans they parted with, including Jalen Ramsey, Bobby Wagner and Leonard Floyd.

In terms of cash spending, the Rams rank last in the NFL this year. They’re only spending $181.2 million in 2023, $14.9 million less than any other team in the league. This is actually the second time in the last three years that the Rams have ranked last in cash spending, doing so in 2021, according to the NFLPA’s public salary cap report.

Jack Duffin of 24/7 Sports, the Rams’ position in cash spending the last three years have been 32nd, 1st and 32nd. They spent a league-low $137.5 million in 2021, followed by a league-high $282.8 million in 2022.

Cash spending isn’t the same as cap space, which is why there’s such a massive difference between the two for the Rams this year. They only have $1.49 million in cap space right now despite having a league-low 87 players on their roster with just $181.2 million spent.

The Rams will have to do with what they have on the roster right now before getting more aggressive in 2024 when they’re projected to have more than $53 million in cap space, along with a first-round pick.

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Story originally appeared on Rams Wire