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Cooper Kupp agrees to three-year contract extension with Rams

Cooper Kupp

The Los Angeles Rams have managed to negotiate their difficult cap situation to sign Cooper Kupp long-term.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Rams have agreed to a three-year contract extension with the star wide receiver. There was no immediate word on financial terms.

This comes as a bit of a surprise. There was said to be a lot of work to do to get this done by Week 1. The Rams have managed it, putting Kupp’s contract situation to rest before the season opener.

Kupp caught 94 passes for 1,161 yards and ten touchdowns last season. The 27-year-old was entering the final season of his rookie deal.

This marks the second big contract extension the Rams have handed out this week as they lock down key talent for the long haul.

Report: Rams trying to sign Cooper Kupp to contract extension

Cooper Kupp

The Los Angeles Rams are working to complete another big contract extension before the season starts.

According to Steve Wyche of NFL Network, the Rams are working on an extension with wide receiver Cooper Kupp. There is, however, “a lot of work” to get it finished before the season opener.

Kupp has consistently been one of the Rams’ most valuable receivers and a favorite target of Jared Goff. The 27-year-old is coming off his first 1,000-yard season, having put up 1,161 yards while catching ten touchdowns in 2019. He’s about to enter the final season of his rookie deal.

The Rams have already handed out one huge contract this week. We’ll see if they can make it two, because they’d love to keep Kupp long-term.

Rams make Jalen Ramsey highest-paid CB in NFL history

Jalen Ramsey

The Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a contract extension with Jalen Ramsey, and it is one that should make the star cornerback a very happy man.

Ramsey and the Rams announced on Wednesday that they have agreed to a five-year extension. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the deal is worth $105 million and set records virtually across the board for a cornerback.

Ramsey and the Rams had been working toward an extension for a while, and the talks seemed positive all along. While the All-Pro flamboyantly campaigned for a new contract when he was with the Jacksonville Jaguars, he said earlier this offseason that he had no intention of holding out. That was a strong sign that the two sides were getting closer to a deal.

Ramsey was traded to L.A. last October for two first-round draft picks and a fourth-round pick. The 25-year-old has 10 interceptions and 243 tackles through his first four NFL seasons.

Rams LB Travin Howard out for season with knee injury

The Los Angeles Rams have lost a potential starting linebacker for the season, as Travin Howard suffered a serious knee injury in practice recently.

Rams head coach Sean McVay revealed on Tuesday that Howard tore his meniscus during practice.

Howard was expected to start this year for the Rams after Cory Littleton left in free agency. He appeared in 16 games last season and recorded 22 tackles, but LA was counting on him for a much bigger role in 2020.

Unfortunately, Howard is not the only key player who went down with a significant injury in training camp this week.

Jalen Ramsey planning on contract from Rams?

Jalen Ramsey is entering the final year of his rookie contract, but the star cornerback seems confident that the Los Angeles Rams are going to sign him to a long-term extension.

The latest episode of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” that aired on Tuesday night showed Ramsey hunting for houses in the Los Angeles area. That is almost certainly an indication that negotiations between him and the Rams have trended in the right direction.

Ramsey also said during the episode that the day he was traded from the Jacksonville Jaguars to the Rams was “one of the best days of my life.”

Ramsey will make $13.7 million under the fifth-year option of his rookie contract this season. The Rams have shelled out big money to players like Aaron Donald and Jared Goff, and they would not have traded two first-round picks to the Jaguars for Ramsey last season if they did not plan to do the same with him. The All-Pro corner said months ago that he has no intention of holding out this summer.

While he flamboyantly campaigned for a new contract during his time in Jacksonville, Ramsey said his disagreements with the Jags were about a lack of respect. He obviously feels differently about the Rams’ front office.

Jalen Ramsey says he will not hold out of training camp over contract

Jalen Ramsey

Jalen Ramsey essentially forced his way out of Jacksonville because the Jaguars would not give him the contract he was seeking, but the Pro Bowl cornerback does not plan to hold the Los Angeles Rams to the same standards — at least in the coming weeks.

During a conference call with reporters on Tuesday, Ramsey said he has no intention of holding out from training camp this summer even if the Rams do not sign him to a long-term extension. He expressed confidence that the two sides are on the same page and said he is not concerned about a deal getting done.

Ramsey is set to make $13.7 million under the fifth-year option of his rookie contract this season. The Rams have shelled out big money to players like Aaron Donald and Jared Goff, and they would not have traded two first-round picks to the Jaguars for Ramsey last season if they did not plan to do the same with him.

While he may have flamboyantly campaigned for a new contract during his time in Jacksonville, Ramsey said his disagreements with the Jags were about a lack of respect. He obviously feels differently about the Rams’ front office.

Rams bashed again after unveiling new uniforms

The Los Angeles Rams received an overwhelmingly negative response when they unveiled their new logo earlier this offseason, so you can probably guess how their uniform reveal went.

The Rams released a hype video on Wednesday featuring their new uniforms. Expectations were low given how unpopular their new logo is, but the team was still dripping with confidence.

As you might expect, the reactions were not great. The majority of people seem to feel that the Rams swung and missed with their new threads.

It wasn’t all bad, however. Some Rams players seem thrilled about the change.

The off-white “bone” colored jerseys aren’t a bad touch, but almost everyone will agree that the Los Angeles Chargers’ new uniforms blow their rival’s out of the water.

Todd Gurley says Rams likely using coronavirus as excuse to not pay him

Todd Gurley says he’s still waiting on the money that he’s owed by the Los Angeles Rams.

Gurley, now with the Atlanta Falcons, is owed a $7.55 million roster bonus after being released in March. He says he still hasn’t received the money he is owed. In an appearance on Uninterrupted, Gurley said he felt the Rams were using the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse not to pay up.

“I don’t know what their reason is,” Gurley said, via Mike Chiari of Bleacher Report. “They know they have to pay me too. Apparently probably just using the COVID thing as an excuse. They probably ain’t go no money to be paying nobody. They’ve got that stadium being built right now. All I know is, come June 1, I better have my money.”

Gurley has made light of the situation, but it’s pretty obviously bugging him. You can hardly blame him for that — the Rams have had a month and a half to pay him what he’s owed, and they might as well just get it done.

Report: Rams free up $7 million in Jared Goff contract restructure

Jared goff

The Los Angeles Rams were desperate for cap room and have managed to find some thanks to their quarterback.

The Rams restructured quarterback Jared Goff’s contract and saved themselves $7 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Signed just prior to the 2019 season, the Goff contract quickly looked questionable after a middling season. After giving him a record amount of guaranteed money, Goff threw 22 touchdowns and a career-worst 16 interceptions in 2019.

As it stood, the Rams were actually over the salary cap and still needed to work Leonard Floyd’s contract into the equation. This move was a necessity for them if they wanted any chance of completing deals and signing their draft picks.

Todd Gurley reiterates that he needs his money from Rams

Todd Gurley

Todd Gurley was criticized by a former Rams player earlier this week for publicly airing a grievance about some bonus money the team owes him, but the star running back still wants it to be known that he would like his check.

Gurley shared a funny meme on Instagram recently to make light of the fact that the Rams owe him a $7.55 million roster bonus, but he is quite serious about wanting to be paid. He made that clear when asked about the money on Friday.

Gurley also tagged the Rams in a tweet and said his money is “past due.” Former Rams quarterback Jim Everett ripped Gurley for the way he is handling the situation, but perhaps Gurley has some bitterness toward his former team after he was released.

Whatever the case, the Rams are going to have to pay Gurley the $7.55 million if it is owed. He could let his agent handle the logistics, but he apparently wants people to know what’s going on. Former Rams linebacker Clay Matthews also claims he is owed money from the team.

If true, that is not a good look for the Rams.