As the Rams make their way back to Los Angeles, one of the pressing questions is how many of their current players will make the trip with them from St. Louis.
And for some, that might mean adjusting their salaries to help ensure they will land in Los Angeles along with the Rams.
Veteran defensive end Chris Long is already bracing for that reality. Long is entering the final year of his contract and is set to make a team-high $14.25 million. That is a significant hit to the Rams salary cap, especially for someone who missed 14 games over the last two seasons and managed just four sacks between 2014 and 2015 after recording 33 sacks over the previous three seasons.
As a result, Long’s future with the Rams could mean having to adjust his salary to fit his current level of reliability and production.
Long expressed a willingness to ESPN.com to do just that in order to play out the final year of his Rams’ contract.
“Of course,” Long said. “But I’m not a guy that, I mean, the last two years I have been paid more than I’ve performed. That’s just the bottom line. It’s a business. Sometimes teams win and sometimes teams lose with that stuff so you’re certainly not rushing to give the money you earned back. You can’t control certain things with injuries and such but of course I’m open to doing something like that. It’s not about the money at this point for me.”