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Cooper Kupp signs record-breaking contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams

Vincent Frank

Los Angeles Rams star wide receiver Cooper Kupp has signed a three-year, $80 milion extension with the defending champions.

It’s a deal that pays him $22 million annually over the next five seasons — making Kupp the sixth highest-paid wide receiver in the NFL when it comes to average annual salary. Kupp also receives $75 million in guarantees. That’s now a record mark for an NFL pass-catcher. All said, the total value of said deal ove the next five years is $110 million.

Kupp, 28, has turned into one of the game’s top wide receivers since the Rams made him a mere third-round pick from Eastern Washington in the 2017 NFL Draft. Last season alone, he earned NFL Offensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl LVI MVP honors during what was an historical performance.

It’s not like Kupp was a one-year wonder, either. He averaged 93 receptions for 1,068 yards in 2019-20. The small-school product simply performed at a higher clip with Matthew Stafford tossing him the rock in 2021 compared to Jared Goff the previous two seasons.

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Cooper Kupp is the latest Los Angeles Rams player to sign long-term deal

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This announcement comes after star Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald inked a contract extension that made him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.

For his part, Kupp wasn’t necessarily too concerned about the money. He wanted to remain in Los Angeles. If it meant giving the Rams a hometown discount, so be it.

“I try to help where I can, I don’t want to be in the dark on this thing. I also love this organization. I want to be here for a very long time, and to be doing things with these guys — not just the guys on the field, I want to be a part of this organization [in its] growth and the places I think this organization is going.

And so I want this to be something that makes sense for everyone. I want them to feel good about it, and I think the best way to do that is for me to at least be involved in some capacity. It’s never going to be at the cost of anything on the football field, [but] the more communication, the better, and just be able to find a place we can all feel good.”

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Cooper Kupp contract and NFL wide receiver market

Jan 17, 2022; Inglewood, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) walks off the field after an NFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Arizona Cardinals at SoFi Stadium. The Rams defeated the Cardinals 34-11. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

When looking at the wide receiver market, it’s rather interesting. As noted above, Kupp will become the sixth highest-paid player at his position in the league. If we’re looking at last season’s production, he certainly did take a below-market deal.

  • Tyreek Hill, Kansas City Chiefs: $30 million
  • Davante Adams, Las Vegas Raiders: $28 million
  • DeAndre Hopkins, Arizona Cardinals: $27.25 million
  • A.J. Brown, Philadelphia Eagles: $25 million
  • Stefon Diggs, Buffalo Bills: $24 million
  • Cooper Kupp, Los Angeles Rams: $22 million

As you can see, the only player on this list with his original team is Mr. Kupp. Hill, Adams and Brown have all changed teams via trades this offseason.

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It’s a clear indication that the Rams value what Kupp brings to the table in an NFL that is seeing star wide receivers as less valuable than in the past.

For the Rams, it’s all about keeping their core group together even if it means salary cap hell moving forward. Making sure that the reigning Super Bowl MVP was content heading into the 2022 season had to be a high priority. That’s especially true after they extended Donald earlier in the week.

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