As the MVP of the most recent Super Bowl and after being the NFL’s league leader in terms of catches, receiving yards and touchdowns, the Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp was always going to get paid.
And now we know just how much that figure will be.
Kupp has put his signature on a new three-year extension to his contract with the Rams that could be worth as much as an additional $80m.
This means his contract with the Rams will be worth a minimum of $75 million in guaranteed funds and could be worth as much as $110 million over the next five years.
Kupp is the fifth wide receiver in the NFL to have signed a big money contract in this offseason following the likes of A.J.Brown, Stefon Diggs, Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill in signing huge packages.
In fact, there has never been a better time in the NFL for wide receivers of any talent to get paid, and paid big.
“Not Trying To Compare Myself”
Kupp’s deal means that he will earn more guaranteed money than any other player in
NFL history, eclipsing the $72.2 million that Tyreek Hill guaranteed himself when signing with the Miami Dolphins back in March.
The receiver was delighted to get the deal done commenting in a video released by the Rams.
“Really glad to be coming back to Los Angeles and be here in the long haul. This is going to be an incredible ride. Can’t wait to get back at it.”
However, Kupp moved to distance himself from any thoughts that he had demanded more money than any other wide receiver this summer.
“I’m not trying to compare myself. I’m not trying to say, ‘OK., well where was Tyreek at? All those guys that got deals, where were all those guys at? And I need to be higher than them in certain place’”
Earlier in the week, Kupp had said that he wanted a deal that was “great for the team” and that was “great for me and my family as well,” adding that “That place exists, and it’s just getting there.”
Well, with this new deal he certainly has.
Expensive Week For Rams
It has been an expensive few weeks for the Rams franchise, but a very positive one.
In addition to signing linebacker Bobby Wagner from the Seattle Seahawks, they also snagged wide receiver Allen Robinson II and then earlier this week, got a deal done with Aaron Donald to make him the highest paid non-quarterback in the history of the NFL.
And they can now add the WR with the most guaranteed money in NFL history to that list too.
For sure, this could have an impact on the salary cap heading down the line, but with Sean McVay’s winning now, not later mentality, that is something that the Rams are not going to worry about unduly.
Especially if Kupp can produce the kind of figures and performance that saw him emerge as a blue chip, Super Bowl winner and MVP talent last season.