Inside the Cooper Kupp deal

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The Rams keep finding a way to pay their best players. This week, they signed defensive tackle Aaron Donald and receiver Cooper Kupp to new contracts.

We’ve gotten a look at the details of the Kupp deal. Here they are, per a source with knowledge of the deal:

1. Signing bonus: $20 million.

2. 2022 base salary: $10 million, fully guaranteed at signing.

3. 2023 offseason 90-man roster bonus: $5 million, fully guaranteed at signing.

4. 2023 base salary: $15 million, guaranteed for injury at signing and fully guaranteed early in the 2023 league year.

5. 2024 offseason 90-man roster bonus: $5 million, fully guaranteed early in the 2023 league year.

6. 2024 base salary: $15 million, fully guaranteed early in the 2023 league year.

7. 2025 90-man roster bonus: $7.5 million, $5 million of which is fully guaranteed early in the 2024 league year.

8. 2025 base salary: $12.5 million.

9. 2026 90-man roster bonus: $5 million.

10. 2026 base salary: $14.85 million.

It’s a five-year, $109.85 million contract, with $35 million fully guaranteed at signing. Another $20 million becomes fully guaranteed in March 2023, with another $5 million fully vesting in March 2024.

The five-year contract pays out $21.97 million per year. In new money applicable to the three-year, $80.1 million extension, it pays out on an average of $26.7 million per year.

10 responses to “Inside the Cooper Kupp deal

  1. It’s not an overpay for a WR of his caliber. I realize he’s not flashy but he gets the job done better than about 95% of the players at his position. On top of that it seems like he’s humble and a great teammate. The league needs more like him.

  2. I need the person in charge of the Rams salary cap to do my taxes! Maybe we should give them a shot a balancing the budget too!

  3. I don’t understand how cap math works. Does just the base salary count towards the cap or does it also include the yearly bonuses? Is the $20M signing bonus applied to this year’s cap? My guess is they’ll be doing it again in 2 years.

  4. So the Rams,loaded with stars and fresh off a SB continue to avoid cap purgatory, sign talented free agents, and keep their stars.

    Meanwhile the team I follow, the Cowboys, haven’t won anything in decades and are always up against the cap, cutting players for cap reasons, and signing scrubs in free agency.

    I’m not going to jump on the Rams band wagon and be a fan, but it must be nice to be a fan of a team with a competent owner and management.

  5. I’m sure some owners are upset that Les Snead has figured out how to crack the cap, but others would probably love to steal him or someone from his team away to show them how to do it.

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