By Terrance Turner
June 8, 2022
Less than a day after signing defensive tackle Aaron Donald to a record-breaking new deal, the Los Angeles Rams signed wide receiver Cooper Kupp to a massive extension that makes him one of the highest-paid receivers in the league.
According to ESPN, the deal is for three years and $80 million, including $75 million guaranteed — the most-ever guaranteed money for an NFL wide receiver. The deal adds to the two years already on Kupp’s contract, giving him a total of $110 million over five years. Kupp had a breakout season last year, with 145 receptions for 1, 947 yards and 16 touchdowns. He led the league in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns — the “triple crown” of receivers — becoming only the fourth player since 1970 to do so.
He continued his dominance in the postseason, with a record 33 postseason catches. Kupp ended up with a total of 2,425 yards for 2021 (when you include the playoffs). He is the only player in NFL history to surpass 2,000 receiving yards in a season, according to CBS Sports. Best of all, Kupp caught two more touchdowns in the Super Bowl, including the game-winning score:
When the Rams received their Lombardi Trophy, the team’s best receiver got his moment in the sun. Cooper Kupp was named Super Bowl MVP. After a season in which he led all receivers in both receptions (145), receiving yards (1,947) and touchdowns (16 TDs!), Kupp caught two touchdowns in Super Bowl LVI, including the game-winner. Yet he humbly denied himself the honor: “I don’t feel deserving of this,” he admitted. “God is just so good. I’m just so thankful to God.” Kupp walked away with the Pete Rozelle Trophy. And he celebrated with his family.