Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp gets contract extension from Rams

Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Rams after a spectacular season in which he led the NFL in all major ingestion categories.

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) – Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp on Wednesday agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Los Angeles Rams after a spectacular season in which he led the NFL in all major receiving categories.

The Rams announced the deal just two days after signing Aaron Donald to a massive extension. Kupp’s new renewal has a guaranteed value of $75 million, bringing his total contract to $110 million through 2026 when you add the two years remaining for his first renewal, which was signed in September 2020.

Kupp had one of the greatest seasons in football history last year in his first pairing with new Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. Kupp led the NFL with 145 receptions for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns for Los Angeles and was named Offensive Player of the Year by The Associated Press for becoming only the fourth player since the merger to lead the league in all three categories.

Kupp’s catches and yards were both the second-highest totals in NFL history, despite being achieved in a 17-game season. The first-time All-Pro amassed another 33 catches for 478 yards and four touchdowns in the postseason and capped the season with two TDs in the Super Bowl — including the eventual game-winning 1-yard TD catch playing 1:25.

The receivership’s extension caps an impressive offseason with deals for the Rams and general manager Les Snead, whose front office maneuvers around the salary cap are provoking envy across the league. Los Angeles lost some key players to free agency after winning the franchise championship in 22 years, but managed to add linebacker Bobby Wagner and receiver Allen Robinson as free agents.

Snead also made long-term commitments with Donald, Kupp and Stafford agreeing to a four-year extension through the 2026 season that could be worth $160 million. All three stars expressed their eagerness to close deals with a minimum of fuss and no public negotiations because they value the opportunity to challenge the Rams for another title.

Donald’s deal, announced Monday, included a $40 million pay rise that makes him the highest-paid non-quarterback in the NFL.

Kupp and Snead both admitted their desire to extend their contracts a few months ago, but Kupp said he doesn’t care about becoming the NFL’s highest-paid receiver, despite his unparalleled statistical performances last season. He also participated in the Rams’ entire offseason program rather than staying home to further negotiations.

The 2017 third-round draft pick from east Washington said Tuesday he wanted a deal that would allow the Rams to remain competitive.

“I really want this to be a collaboration that we’re working on,” Kupp said. “That is my goal. Something that’s great for the team, something that’s great for me and my family too. This place exists and it’s just getting there.” Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp gets contract extension from Rams

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