When he signed the contract extension that made him one of the highest-paid wide receivers in the NFL, Cooper Kupp said he thought of all the people who have contributed to his success throughout his life.
Kupp on Thursday reflected on the three-year deal, which includes $75 million in guarantees. The extension, signed on Wednesday, keeps him under contract until 2026 in a deal that could be worth up to $110 million.
Kupp cited Rams coaches and teammates who helped the Rams win Super Bowl LVI to cap a historic singles season.
“It didn’t escape my notice and I’m incredibly grateful for it,” Kupp said during a video conference call with reporters. “There’s so much going on here and I’m preparing myself to try and put myself in the best possible position.
“But none of that is possible without the guys I have around me and that’s the bottom line, up close, period.”
Kupp, who turns 29 on Wednesday, led the league with 145 receptions, 1,949 yards receiving and 16 touchdown catches, becoming the first player in nearly two decades to achieve what is known as the Triple Crown.
Kupp caught eight passes, two for touchdowns, in the Rams’ Super Bowl win over the Cincinnati Bengals at SoFi Stadium and was named Super Bowl LVI MVP.
He is the third Rams player to receive a massive overtime this offseason, alongside quarterback Matthew Stafford and defensive lineman Aaron Donald.
“We have a lot of people who take the right approach mentally, to be the best version of themselves first and then let the business side of things take care of itself,” he said.
Kupp, a third-round draft pick in 2017, signed an overtime ahead of the 2020 season. He said he was more involved in the negotiation process this time.
The Rams ended a minicamp Thursday with a team briefing.
Kupp will be gearing up this summer as the Rams attempt to become the first team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the New England Patriots did so in the 2004 season.
But there is another assignment or matter that you must take care of first.
“I have to take my wife somewhere, whether the deal goes through or not,” he said. “This is something that has to happen.”
https://www.latimes.com/sports/rams/story/2022-06-09/rams-cooper-kupp-75-million-guaranteed-contract Rams’ Cooper Kupp has millions of ‘thank yous’ for new contract