It was a nail bitter before week one, but the Rams were about to reach a deal with cornerback Jalen Ramsey and wide receiver Cooper Kupp.
Both players were hoping to get deals done before their week one game against the Dallas Cowboys. These were deals the Rams were definitely looking to get done.
Neither player was threatening to sit out until a deal was made, but with the risks associated with COVID-19, players without a contract might choose to sit out without one. These contracts are massive pieces for the Rams on both sides of the ball and worth breaking down.
Jalen Ramsey – 5 years/$105 million contract, $21 million per year
Jalen Ramsey signed a historic deal at the position. No cornerback has ever received a contract worth over $100 million. He also received the largest guaranteed money for a defensive back taking home $71.2 million guaranteed. Ramsey passed Darrell Revis’s $18.2 million per year contract he signed in 2013 after being traded from the New York Jets to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Ramsey makes it the third year in a row that the Rams gave a player a huge contract before the start of the season. In 2018 they gave Aaron Donald a $22.5 million per year extension and in 2019 Jared Goff received a $33.5 million per year extension.
Ramsey slowed down last season, but his previous three seasons with the Jacksonville Jaguars were phenomenal. He had nine interceptions and defended 44 passes. Ramsey clocked Amri Cooper in the fourth quarter to force an incomplete pass and fourth down in last night’s game. His physical play definitely gives the defense an edge and makes receivers cautious. He is the No. 1 cornerback on the defense and part of the league’s best rush-and-cover duo with Aaron Donald. Ramsey is responsible for shutting down the opposing offense’s best receiver. The pair are integral in the Rams pass defense, and Ramsey’s extension solidifies the defense.
Who knew you could make a football contract cute, but Ramsey did? Ramsey had three of his incentives named after his two daughters.
He blurred out the incentives in his Twitter post, but what better motivation for him than doing it for his daughters.
& yes I have incentives named after my daughters in my contract lol. I can’t wait to show it to them when they grow up. I’m so blessed ?? pic.twitter.com/JgjS5uYTEX
— Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) September 11, 2020
Cooper Kupp – 3 years/$48 million, $16 million per year
It was almost inevitable that Kupp was going to get a deal done before Sunday night’s kickoff. Ramsey’s record-setting contract definitely overshadowed Kupp’s, but Kupp is just as important to the offense. Kupp makes up one of the best receiver duos with his partner Robert Woods.
In his first three years in the league, Kupp managed to average 13.2 yards per reception and 21 touchdowns. While the Rams struggled last season, Kupp topped the league. Kupp was second in the league in touchdowns with 10, and fourth in the league with yards after the catch with 544.
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