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Rams Looking for Up to $500 Million in Additional Stadium Financing

The Rams have requested up to $500 million in additional NFL stadium financing, and a doubling of the amount of time typically required to pay the money back, Daniel Kaplan of the Athletic reports.

That would bring to as much as $900 million the club arranged to borrow from the league for SoFi Stadium.

The Rams’ planned shared venue with the L.A. Chargers is scheduled to open this summer, though whether it can do so in the midst of the pandemic is unclear. And if it does, the teams almost certainly will not play in front of fans, depriving the Rams of much-needed cash to pay down debt.

“There’s a massive request for debt waivers and additional G-4 from those in LA,” said one team source, referring to the NFL stadium lending program, known as G-4. “And they’re asking to pay that over 30 years as opposed to 15 years.”

The Rams deferred to the NFL, which declined to comment. The request is on the agenda for next week’s virtual owners meeting, a source said.

There are three issues driving the Rams’ request: cost overruns, less than expected personal seat license sales, and the prospect of a gut punch to gate revenue this fall.

When in January 2016 owners voted to approve the St. Louis Rams’ Inglewood, Calif. proposal, the price tag was then $2.2 billion (the Chargers a year later would trigger an option to share the venue). But the cost of the stadium, which includes a retail and entertainment district, rapidly escalated in part because of pricey earthquake mitigation measures. Reports have now pegged the cost at anywhere from $5 billion to $6 billion.

Rams Announce 2020 Schedule, Open at Home Vs Dallas

The Rams 2020 slate is finally out, and fans can get ready for a huge first game of the season, as they will open their new stadium at home against the rival Dallas Cowboys.

The team will also have a big prime time game against Bucs QB Tom Brady and Tampa Bay in week 11 on the road on Monday, November 23rd.

Here’s the complete schedule:

Week 1: vs. Dallas Cowboys, Sunday, Sept. 13 @ 8:30 p.m. ET

Week 2: at Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 20

Week 3: at Buffalo Bills, Sunday, Sept. 27

Week 4: vs. New York Giants, Sunday, Oct. 4

Week 5: at Washington, Sunday, Oct. 11

Week 6: at San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Oct. 18

Week 7: vs. Chicago Bears, Monday, Oct. 26

Week 8: at Miami Dolphins, Sunday, Nov. 1

Week 9: BYE

Week 10: vs. Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 15

Week 11: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Monday, Nov. 23

Week 12: vs. San Francisco 49ers, Sunday, Nov. 29

Week 13: at Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Dec. 6

Week 14: vs. New England Patriots, Thursday, Dec. 10

Week 15: vs. New York Jets, Saturday, Dec. 19 OR Sunday, Dec. 20

Week 16: at Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 27

Week 17: vs. Arizona Cardinals, Sunday, Jan. 3

An Educated Guess at What the 2020 Rams Schedule Could Look Like

The 2020 Los Angeles Rams schedule will be released in a televised event on Thursday night, and while we already know who the Rams will go up against and where, we don’t know in what order, or what may or may not be on prime time.

Here are the teams the Rams will play:

Home: Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals, Giants, Cowboys, Patriots, Jets, Bears
Away: Seahawks, 49ers, Cardinals, Redskins, Eagles, Bills, Dolphins, Buccaneers

Today we give a reminder of the teams that we will see the Rams in the 2020 season, and we give our guess in what order we will see them in.

(A quick sidebar – we are moving forward with this schedule as if the season will start and play out on time, with no issues due to the covid-19 pandemic).

Sunday 9/13 Week One at Washington
Sunday 9/20 Week Two vs Arizona
Monday 9/28 Week Three vs Chicago (Monday Night Football)
Sunday 10/4 Week Four at Philadelphia
Sunday 10/11 Week Five vs Seattle
Sunday 10/18 Week Six at San Francisco
Sunday 10/25 Week Seven at Tampa Bay
Sunday 11/01 Week Eight BYE WEEK
Sunday 11/08 Week Nine vs NY Jets
Sunday 11/15 Week Ten vs San Francisco
Sunday 11/22 Week Eleven at Miami
Monday 11/31 Week Twelve vs New England
Sunday 12/06 Week Thirteen at Seattle
Sunday 12/13 Week Fourteen vs Dallas (NBC Sunday Night Football)
Sunday 12/20 Week Fifteen vs NY Giants
Sunday 12/27 Week Sixteen at Buffalo
Sunday 01/03 Week Seventeen at Arizona

Two Kickers Signed by the Rams to Try and Replace the Departed Greg Zuerlein

The Rams announced Monday they have agreed to contract terms with Lirim Hajrullahu, a Grey Cup hero in the Canadian Football League, and Austin MacGinnis, the leading field-goal kicker in the short-lived XFL, Kevin Modesti of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

The pair of kickers — both without NFL experience — will compete to fill the right shoe of Greg Zuerlein, who signed with the Dallas Cowboys as a free agent March 27 after eight years with the Rams.

Hajrullahu, 29, kicked and punted for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats last season and tied for the CFL lead in field goals with 47 (85.5% of his attempts), including a 56-yarder. He’s best known in Canada for kicking the championship-winning, 32-yard field goal for the Toronto Argonauts in the final minute of the 2017 Grey Cup game.

MacGinnis, 24, all-Southeast Conference at Kentucky, went 10 for 10 with a longest field goal of 46 yards in five games with the XFL’s Dallas Renegades before the league stopped its season because of the coronavirus pandemic and ceased operations April 10.

MacGinnis had kicked for the Memphis Express of the Alliance of American Football before that attempt at a spring football league folded in April 2019.

Both men’s field-goal accuracy in their most recent seasons compare favorably with Zuerlein’s 72.7% in 2019, his lowest in the the Rams’ four seasons in Los Angeles.

Rams Unveil New Logos for the 2020 Season and Beyond

After weeks of speculation today the Rams new logo for 2020 and beyond finally became a reality, as the four logos were displayed to the general public.

Here’s looks at the logos:

What do you make of the new logos for the Rams?

Rams Lose DT Michael Brockers to the Baltimore Raves Via Free Agency

The Rams relationship with former first-round draft pick Michael Brockers is about to come to a close, as reports say that Brockers has come to terms with the AFC North champion Baltimore Ravens.

Betting online in New jersey state you would have seen that Brockers was not expected to return to the Rams, but for him to get a big offer right off the bat does come as somewhat of a surprise.

Reports say that the pending free agent is heading to the Ravens after agreeing to a three-year, $30-million contract.

Monday was the start of the NFL’s so-called “legal tampering” period, when agents can negotiate with teams in advance of the start of the new league year and free agency on Wednesday, and likely that is when the deal will be announced by Baltimore.

The 29-year-old Brockers has basically grown up in the Rams organization, as he joined the team after being the Rams’ 14th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft.

Brockers started his tenure with the Rams in St.Louis, playing alongside some big name linemen such as Chris Long, Robert Quinn and one of the biggest names in the game currently on defense that being Aaron Donald.

The Rams felt Brockers deserved an extension in 2016, and gave him a three-year deal. He carried a cap number of $10.8 million last season, his last year of the three-year extension.

“I know it’s a business. I understand teams — sometimes they love a guy but they still have to let him go,” Brockers said after playing what now will be his last game with the Rams. “That could be the situation.

“Hopefully it’s not. But I’ve been in this business long enough to understand that some tough choices have to be made.”

The Rams could be lined up with a tough offseason of losing players, as the team has 10 pending unrestricted free agents, including Brockers who is not going to be coming back in 2020.

The Ravens have been known for years for playing a physical style of defense that should suit Brockers well.

Baltimore went out and acquired another NFC West player that the Rams knew all too well last offseason, that being former Seahawks safety Earl Thomas.

Now they add another piece with Brockers, who should be able to add size and strength up front for a Ravens team that wants to get even better stopping the run in 2020.

Look for this to be just the beginning for the Rams to lose some high profile players.

Getting Gurley Healthy and the O-Line Up to Speed Could be the Rams Biggest Offseason Tasks

Two seasons ago the Los Angeles Rams were celebrating what was considered an upset when they defeated the New Orleans Saints on the road to advance to the Super Bowl.

Not many oddsmakers gave the Rams a great chance to beat the Saints, but helped out by an overtime interception they were able to kick a game-winning field goal to get into the biggest game on planet earth.

That was two seasons ago.

Last year if you would have checked US betting sites you can legally bet at the Rams were a favorite to repeat as NFC champions, but not only did they not get back to the Super Bowl, they also failed to get into the postseason.

The team suffered a number of issues along the way to go 9-7, but they were not able to do enough to advance to the NFL’s second season.

There were issues on the defensive side of the ball, as the team wasn’t able to keep games in check and eventually they lost their way and the defense allowed way too many points (364 total).

On offense, they were plagued all season by the issues surrounding running back Todd Gurley, who went from rushing for 1251 yards two years ago when the team made the Super Bowl, to rushing for just 857 yards last season as he seemed to fight through injury most of the year.

To put that in perspective as to the amount of yards that Gurley ran for, two years ago when the team went to the Super Bowl it would have been an average of 89.4 yards per game.

Last season as the offense simply didn’t have the same gusto that it had two years ago, Gurley averaged just 57.1 yards per game.

That is over a 30-yard per game drop off, and it 100 percent made a huge difference in the Rams offense in 2019.

To highlight as a team how bad the Rams were rushing the ball last season, they were as a whole 26th in the NFL, averaging 93.7 rushing yards a game.

By comparison, two years ago when Gurley was a beast and the team made it to the Super Bowl, they put up the third most rushing yards in the league per game, averaging 139.4 yards per game.

Getting back to rushing the football better in 2020 is a main reason why the Rams can quickly go from a 9-7 afterthought in the NFC to a team that once again can get into the Super Bowl.

It comes down getting Gurley healthy and making sure that he has enough support around him to be able to not have to run him 25 times a game.

Also the offensive line has to be better in 2020, not only from a health standpoint but also they have to play better, opening holes for Gurley and the other running backs on the team, and even they need to do better protecting quarterback Jared Goff.

Getting those things done this offseason might be the biggest things on the team’s agenda. If they can do that, the 25/1 odds for the team to get back to the Super Bowl might just be worth the risk.