The Rams were determined to retain their top players heading into free agency at the end of the season. They already locked up one in Jalen Ramsey, and they finally got a deal done Saturday morning with wide receiver Cooper Kupp.
Kupp and the team agreed to terms for a three-year extension worth $48 million.
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
The 27-year-old receiver told reporters in August that he hoped to stay a Ram in the future.
“I’m obviously incredibly grateful to be here, to be able to play for a great organization. I love it here. I don’t want to go anywhere.”
The former Eastern Washington product is coming off a season in which he reached career-high numbers in catches (94), receiving yards (1,161), and touchdowns. Since being drafted in 2017, Kupp has collected 196 reception, 2,596 yards, and 21 touchdowns, all with the Rams.
While it is surely great news to hear, it brings up the question many fans are wondering, where is Les Snead getting all this money from? The team is tight enough as is with the limit in cap space and all the possible financial issues the pandemic would cause. Snead and Co. will certainly have to get creative and renegotiate some contracts or swap out aging veterans with younger and cheaper options. Jalen Ramsey joked about the situation while congratulating Kupp via Twitter.
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) September 12, 2020
All questioning aside, the good news is that the Rams will have a productive and important piece in their offense for years to come. Kupp can now play with the piece of mind that Los Angeles is his home for the time being and he can now shift his focus to their Week 1 matchup against the Dallas Cowboys.