EARTH CITY, Mo. -- Over the weekend, Pro Football Talk reported that contracts offered to players included language that referred to the state of Missouri, rather than California, would be governing those deals for Los Angeles Rams players.
According to the report, the NFLPA has instructed player agents to view any mention of Missouri as inappropriate and to reject such verbiage. Pro Football Talk goes on to assert that the Rams were specifically attempting to push workers' compensation claims from California into Missouri.
The Rams, however, say that the use of such language is more geared toward player bonuses paid out in March as an effort to help players pay a lesser state income tax, according to the Los Angeles Daily News. Pro Football Talk offered another follow up on Sunday with the Rams offering further clarification that all deals will simply roll over into California when the team moves in April.
Forbes has yet to release its 2016 valuation of every NFL franchise, but the man in charge of putting them together told the Washington Post in January that upon moving back to Los Angeles, the Rams doubled their value.
Michael Ozanian, Forbes's executive editor, said then that the Rams are now worth about $3 billion following the move to Los Angeles and the construction of their palatial new stadium in Inglewood. Assuming that value, the Rams would then trail only the Dallas Cowboys and New England Patriots in Forbes' rankings.
The team is planning to move out of Rams Park and St. Louis by the end of the month.
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