The Rams bit the proverbial bullet and matched restricted free agent offers for tight end Brandon Manumaleuna and cornerback Jerametrius Butler. Manumaleuna received a five-year, $8.3 million tender from the Panthers. He caught 29 passesfor 238 yards and two scores in 2003. Butler received a six-year, $15 million offer from the Redskins. "I'm happy they matched it," Butler told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. "I'm back in St. Louis. It's a familiar area, and that's where all my friends are. So I'm just happy I can continue playing there."
The Rams now drop from $4.6 million under the cap to around $1.8 million, and the team is now virtually out of the free agent market. They need to use that remaining space to sign rookies and to protect themselves in case another team makes an offer to restricted free agent Marc Bulger. These moves also free up more options for the Rams in the draft, as they won't necessarily need to pursue a corner or tight end in the first round.
With only $1.8 million under the cap, does anyone think another team will make a run for bulger? It seems to me, 1.8 million isn't all that much, and if someone makes an offer, they can either
A) Acquire Bulger
B) Force the Rams to make some cuts and match the offer
Dallas and San Diego both seem to be in need for a QB, and if SD trades Boston, they will have some extra cash to make an offer