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Thursday, September 29, 2022

Rams extend Kupp’s contract for 3 years

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. ( Associated Press) — Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams on Wednesday after a breakout season in which he led the NFL in the most important categories for a receiver.

The Rams announced the deal two days after they agreed to another colossal extension with Aaron Donald. Kupp’s extension is worth $75 million guaranteed and a total of $110 million through 2026.

The extension adds to the two years remaining on his current contract, signed in September 2020 and which had already been extended.

Kupp had one of the most outstanding seasons in history, his first alongside quarterback Matthew Stafford. He led the NFL with 145 receptions, 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns for Los Angeles and was named The Associated Press Offensive Player of the Year. He is the fourth player since the league merger to lead all three categories.

Kupp’s catches and yards rank second all-time in the NFL, though he did it in a 17-game season. The All-Pro player added 33 receptions and 478 more yards with 4 touchdowns in the playoffs.

He ended the season with two Super Bowl touchdowns—including the eventual game-winning 1-yard touchdown catch with 1:25 left.

With the catcher’s extension comes an impressive offseason for the Rams and general manager Led Snead in terms of deals. The way the team maneuvered around the salary cap has been cause for envy around the league.

Los Angeles lost some key players in free agency after winning the franchise’s first championship in 22 years, but signed linebacker Bobby Wagner and wide receiver Allen Robinson.

He also struck long-term deals with Donald, Kupp, and Stafford.

Kupp and Snead acknowledged wanting to sign a contract extension months ago, but Kupp said he didn’t mind becoming the highest-paid receiver in the NFL despite the unmatched numbers he put up last year.

He also participated in the entire Rams schedule during the preseason offseason, instead of staying home to push the deal.

The 2017 third-round pick out of Eastern Washington said Tuesday that he was looking for a deal that would allow the Rams to stay competitive.

“I really want this to be a collaboration that we can work on,” Kupp said. “That is my goal. Something great for the team, something great also for me and my family. That place exists and we are getting there.”

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