Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller’s Time With the Los Angeles Rams Might Not End After Super Bowl 56 Thanks to $39 Million in Bad Contracts

The Los Angeles Rams sit a win away from securing the Vince Lombardi trophy. The Rams’ all-in approach has paid off with the opportunity to win Super Bowl 56 in their arena at SoFi Stadium. The franchise may have another reason to be excited as $39 million in bad contracts could lead to Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller extending their stay.

Rams earn second Super Bowl berth in last four years

After acquiring Matthew Stafford, it set the tone for the 2021 season, putting the Rams on the one-track mindset toward vying for Super Bowl 56.

Los Angeles has now moved a win away from accomplishing that ultimate goal after edging out the San Fransisco 49ers in a thrilling 20-17 win in the NFC championship game. Stafford helped the Rams overcome a 17-7 deficit in the fourth quarter, capped off by a late-game drive resulting in a 31-yard go-ahead field goal by kicker Matt Gay.

As Los Angeles sits on the doorstep of reaching the vaunted prize, the team may have more promising news regarding two of their key contributors’ long-term futures.

Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller’s time with the Los Angeles Rams might not end after Super Bowl 56 thanks to $39 Million in bad contracts

Since the Rams pushed in all their chips in last offseason to acquire Stafford, the front office further embraced that approach with the big-splash additions of Von Miller and Odell Beckham Jr.

Los Angeles gave up several high draft pick assets to acquire Stafford and Miller while Beckham joined the team on a veteran’s minimum one-year contract after a buyout with the Cleveland Browns. The immediate assumption became that the mid-season additions would serve as temporary loans as the salary-cap-strung Rams wouldn’t have the financial room to bring back both or either.

However, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport noted an interesting wrinkle that will work heavily in Los Angeles’ favor. The dead-cap hits from previous players on the team would open up a significant chunk of space. The financial hits from Jared Goff ($24.7 million), Todd Gurley ($8.4 million), DeSean Jackson ($3.4 million), and Michael Brockers ($2.67 million) all come off the books to open up roughly $39 million.

Beckham’s ongoing improved performance, especially in the playoffs with 19 catches for 236 yards and a touchdown, has significantly uptick his value ahead of free agency. Meanwhile, Miller has stepped up by making crucial game-changing plays in the regular season and postseason. The two will fetch plenty of interest across the league, but the Rams will have more financial flexibility to make reasonable offers.

The question will become whether Beckham or Miller will take a slightly lower salary to stay with the Rams. The two have made seamless transitions into the team’s culture and persona. They could serve as key pieces moving forward in keeping Los Angeles in Super Bowl contention.

Rams have plenty of crucial offseason roster decisions ahead

The Rams’ journey isn’t over, but it’s hard not to look ahead toward the upcoming offseason.

Beckham and Miller sit atop the list of players heading into free agency, followed by running back Sony Michel, guard Austin Corbett, cornerback Darius Williams. The front office will work to retain much of their talent to keep them in the Super Bowl picture.

The Rams may not possess many high-draft pick assets, but they have much of their core group locked into multi-year deals. Stafford is under contract through the 2022 season, at a bargain salary of $23 million, which he should get an extension shortly.

It won’t be until the 2023 offseason that several of their key players, such as Andrew Whitworth, Rob Havenstein, Taylor Rapp, and David Long, are in line to hit the open market. The Rams have much to address in the coming months, but given how the front office has operated, the fan base should hold plenty of trust in general manager Les Snead.

Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.

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