The Los Angeles Rams are keeping their Super Bowl-winning band together and made Cooper Kupp the highest paid WR in NFL history.
The Los Angeles Rams won the Super Bowl last season, and have made moves throughout the offseason to make a return trip much more attainable. That included signing current players such as Matthew Stafford and Aaron Donald to contract extensions. They handed out one more contract extension, and it was to none other than star wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp.
According to ESPN senior NFL insider Adam Schefter, the Rams have signed Kupp to a three-year, $80 million contract extension, $75 million of which is guaranteed. With that, Kupp will be paid a total of $110 million over the next five seasons.
Rams make Cooper Kupp the highest paid WR in the NFL
With this new contract, Kupp is now set to be paid $22 million annually, making him the sixth-highest paid wide receiver in the NFL.
Kupp is coming off of an incredible season, which is saying something considering how well he has played throughout his tenure with Los Angeles. This past season, Kupp led the league in receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947), receiving touchdowns (16) and yards-per-game (114.5). Kupp fell just short of breaking Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson’s single-season receiving yards record (1,964). He became the first wide receiver to receive an NFL MVP vote since Randy Moss in 1998. Kupp was named the Offensive Player of the Year.
Then, in Super Bowl 56, Kupp caught eight passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, including the game-winning score. That earned him the MVP award.
Rams fans have to be thrilled with what transpired this offseason. They not only added more years to the contracts of Stafford, Donald and Kupp, but they also brought in big-name free agents like wide receiver Allen Robinson and linebacker Bobby Wagner.
With the NFC being an easier path to the Super Bowl as compared to the AFC, the Rams are showing the football world that they are going for the repeat this upcoming season.