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Rams' Chris Long restructures deal, creates $4.5M in cap space

By Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com

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Chris Long has not missed a game in his five-year career. (USATSI)

The Rams will be better able to sign their draft picks, and maybe a free agent, now that defensive end Chris Long has restructured his contract.

First reported by the Post-Dispatch, Long's restructuring frees $4.5 million in cap space. St. Louis had just $244,000 in cap room before the move.

Long, who has 42 sacks in his five-year career, signed a four-year contract extension in the summer.

He's agreed to convert $6 million of his $13.25 million base salary this season to a roster bonus, spreading out the cap hit. He'll count $8.75 million against the cap in 2013.

According to Post-Dispatch beat writer Jim Thomas, the Rams are in better position to possibly re-sign safety Quintin Mikell or sign free-agent linebacker Daryl Smith, who visited the team three weeks ago.

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