Scheme fits, cap space and the Rams' departure from Alec Ogletree
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By Alden GonzalezESPN Staff Writer

LOS ANGELES -- The Los Angeles Rams had already made enough trades that the general public had basically become desensitized to their offseason movement. But this latest one sent shock waves through the industry.

Trumaine Johnson was almost at a loss for words.

Todd Gurley seemed angry.

Rodger Saffold expressed dismay.

Alec Ogletree, a lynchpin in the Rams' locker room, was dealt to the New York Giants on Wednesday, less than five months after signing a four-year, $42 million extension. The return was draft picks -- a fourth- and a sixth-round pick in 2018, with next year's seventh-rounder going to the Giants -- and more salary-cap space, which harkens back to the trade that sent outside linebacker Robert Quinn to the Miami Dolphins only five days earlier.

Ogletree, like Quinn, wasn't an ideal fit in Wade Phillips' 3-4 scheme, which is why Ogletree, like Quinn, was deemed better off somewhere else, giving the Rams additional salary-cap flexibility and draft capital they can use elsewhere. The Rams are now approaching $50 million in salary-cap space -- $3 million more will come off the books when they inevitably part ways with Tavon Austin -- and have accumulated 10 picks for the upcoming...

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