One day before their season opener against the Dallas Cowboys, it appears as if the Los Angeles Rams are continuing to spend money like they’re playing a game of Monopoly.
Having just made Jalen Ramsey the highest-paid cornerback in NFL history, the Rams are doubling down on locking up their core group.
Rams sign Cooper Kupp to a three-year, $48 million extension
The #Rams and WR Cooper Kupp have reached an agreement on a 3-year contract extension worth up to $48M, per me and @MikeGarafolo. Los Angeles has done work the last few days, with Jalen Ramsey going first and now Kupp. Time for football.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 12, 2020
If Kupp were to earn the full $16 million annually, he’d come in as the 12th highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL.
A third-round pick out of Eastern Washington back in 2017, Kupp has morphed into one of the more reliable receivers in the league. Last season saw him catch 94 passes for 1,161 yards while hauling in 10 touchdowns. The 27-year-old pass catcher also caught 72.6% of his targets.
This is just the continuation of these Rams paying their core players large sums of money in recent years.
Los Angeles Rams contracts
Aaron Donald: Six years, $135 million
Jared Goff: Four years, $134 million
Jalen Ramsey: Five years, $100 million
Cooper Kupp: Three years, $48 million
Robert Woods: Five years, $34 million
Time will tell as it relates to how this approach will impact the Rams long term. They are coming off a down 2019 season after earning a trip to the Super Bowl the year before.
Related: NFL power rankings
Many experts believe that Los Angeles is now a tier below the defending NFC West champion San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC West. They’ll have to prove said experts wrong moving forward.