Former NFL kicker Matt Stover said there should be a financial package in place for Rams players forced to relocate from St. Louis to Los Angeles.
Stover lost thousands of dollars after he sold his house in 1996, when he, like a number of other players, moved from Cleveland to Baltimore as part of the Browns' relocation. None of it was repaid.
According to the NFL Players Association, franchises are only required to pay moving and relocation expenses under the collective bargaining agreement.
"We weren't ready for it, we had no control over it, and we were under contract, so we were obligated to go," said Stover, who was the Browns' players union representative at the time of the move. "I'm hoping the Rams organization will take care of their players. There should be a financial package for the players moving to L.A."
Stover said the Browns chose not to pay for the realtor fees and closing costs on the houses sold by the players. The organization contended that anything paid beyond moving expenses would be a violation of the salary cap.
"It was testy at times," said Kevin Byrne, the Ravens' senior vice president of public relations, who moved with the Browns. "Players came to us and said, 'You told us seven, eight months ago to be part of the community and buy a house and now I have to sell?'"
In addition to losing money in moving, players will also have to adjust to the substantially higher cost of living in Los Angeles.
"There'll be a considerable difference in net money or the ability for players to save while they're living in the market," Stover said.