Jun 7, 2022; Thousand Oaks, California, USA; Los Angeles Rams receiver Cooper Kupp at a press conference during minicamp at Cal Lutheran University. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams closing in on extension for WR Cooper Kupp

The Los Angeles Rams and Super Bowl LVI MVP Cooper Kupp are closing in on an extension that would make the wide receiver among the highest-paid in the league, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

A deal could be reached as soon as Wednesday night, per the report.

The framework is a three-year deal that would pay Kupp well past $20 million per year, according to NFL Network. Kupp is slated to make $14.875 million this season and $14.625 million in 2023.

Davante Adams set a new high for wideouts with a contract averaging approximately $28 million per season when the Las Vegas Raiders acquired him from the Green Bay Packers in mid-March. Less than a week later, Tyreek Hill topped that with a $30 million average after he was traded by the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins.

Kupp said in April that he’s not interested in becoming the highest-paid WR in the league.

“I’m not trying to beat anybody. I’m not trying to compare myself to anyone else. It’s more about being in a place that’s just right for both sides,” Kupp said during OTAs.

Kupp, who turns 29 in one week, became the fourth player since the AFL-NFL merger to win the receiving triple crown, leading the league in receptions (145), receiving yardage (1,947) and touchdown catches (16). The others are the San Francisco 49ers’ Jerry Rice in 1990, the Green Bay Packers’ Sterling Sharpe in 1992 and the Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith in 2005.

Kupp also caught two touchdowns in the Super Bowl, the latter for the winning score with 1:25 to play as the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.

Kupp has 433 receptions for 5,517 yards and 40 touchdowns in 71 regular-season games (57 starts) over five seasons.

The Rams earlier this week made defensive tackle Aaron Donald the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history.

–Field Level Media

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) stiff arms Cincinnati Bengals free safety Jessie Bates (30) after a catch in the first quarter during Super Bowl 56, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif. The Cincinnati Bengals lost, 23-20.

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Rams WR Cooper Kupp not looking to be top-paid wideout

Cooper Kupp may have been the most productive receiver in the NFL last season, but he says he isn’t looking to be the highest paid.

The Super Bowl MVP is in the midst of contract extension negotiations with the Los Angeles Rams at a time in which the receiver market has exploded.

Davante Adams set a new high with a contract averaging $28.5 million per season when the Las Vegas Raiders acquired him from the Green Bay Packers in mid-March. Less than a week later, Tyreek Hill topped that with a $30 million average after he was traded by the Kansas City Chiefs to the Miami Dolphins.

Kupp is slated to make $14.875 million this season and $14.625 million in 2023. He likes seeing the big deals around the NFL but said it isn’t important to him to be at the top of the money list.

“I don’t think that’s really kind of the approach that I take,” Kupp told reporters Tuesday after a voluntary team workout. “I definitely think there’s a place you want to be. There’s a place that you feel like is fair. A place for me and for this organization.

“I’m not trying to beat anybody. I’m not trying to compare myself to anyone else. It’s more about being in a place that’s just right for both sides.”

Kupp is in line for a big raise after putting together one of the top receiving seasons in NFL history.

The 28-year-old Kupp became the fourth player since the AFL-NFL merger to win the receiving triple crown, leading the league in receptions (145), receiving yardage (1,947) and touchdown catches (16). The others are the San Francisco 49ers’ Jerry Rice in 1990, the Green Bay Packers’ Sterling Sharpe in 1992 and the Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith in 2005.

Kupp also caught two touchdowns in the Super Bowl, the latter one for the winning score with 1:25 to play as the Rams defeated the Cincinnati Bengals 23-20.

Kupp has 433 receptions for 5,517 yards and 40 touchdowns in 71 regular-season games (57 starts) over five seasons.

Los Angeles coach Sean McVay said the organization has had “good dialogue” with both Kupp and star defensive tackle Aaron Donald in terms of getting extensions done.

Also, quarterback Matthew Stafford said his throwing arm is feeling good. Stafford reportedly had an anti-inflammatory shot earlier in the offseason.

–Field Level Media

Feb 13, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) celebrates after defeating the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Cooper Kupp caps record-breaking year with Super Bowl MVP award

Cooper Kupp struggled to put his feelings into words as he looked out over a confetti-covered field Sunday night in Inglewood, Calif.

Moments earlier, Kupp had been named MVP of Super Bowl LVI. He caught eight passes for 92 yards and two touchdowns, including the go-ahead score late in the fourth quarter, as the Rams rallied for a 23-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals to win their first title in Los Angeles.

It marked the best moment of an early but already exhilarating career for Kupp, 28, who entered the league in 2017 as a relatively anonymous wideout from Eastern Washington.

“I don’t feel deserving of this,” Kupp said. “God is just so good.”

Kupp shined throughout the season, finishing with a career-high 145 catches for 1,947 yards and 16 touchdowns. He led the league in all three categories, earning him the fourth-ever receiving “triple crown.” He averaged 13.4 yards per catch, 114.5 yards per game and converted a whopping 89 first downs in 17 games.

As the Super Bowl started, however, it appeared that Odell Beckham Jr. would take center stage as the Rams’ top receiver. He quickly amassed two catches for 52 yards and a touchdown and seemed to be headed for a big performance against the Bengals’ secondary.

A knee injury to Beckham in the second quarter thinned out the Rams receiving corps — and prompted Los Angeles to turn more toward Kupp, even though the Bengals paid close attention to him throughout the contest.

That was never more evident than the Rams’ final drive, when Kupp hauled in four passes for 39 yards and a touchdown despite tight coverage.

“I’m just so thankful for everyone that’s been in my life, that’s pushed me, that’s encouraged me every step of the way,” Kupp said. “These guys that are standing out here, they challenged me, they pushed me, they made it so much fun to come to work every day.”

Kupp set an NFL record for the most catches during a single postseason with 33. He also joined Larry Fitzgerald in 2008 as the only wideouts to catch a touchdown pass in four games during the same postseason.

–Field Level Media

Jan 23, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) runs with the ball during the first half against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during a NFC Divisional playoff football game at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

After breakout season, Cooper Kupp gets his Super Bowl shot

Cooper Kupp is looking to add the finishing touches to one of the top seasons ever put together by an NFL wide receiver.

But on a deeper level, the Los Angeles Rams star is just grateful he will be on the field for this Super Bowl.

Kupp missed the team’s appearance in the big game four years ago due to an ACL tear, so he’s thrilled to be in uniform when the Rams face the Cincinnati Bengals in Super Bowl LVI on Sunday at Inglewood, Calif.

Kupp severely injured his left knee during a game against the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 11, 2018, causing him to be sidelined for a 13-3 loss to the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII.

“Missing that Super Bowl, that’s one of the hardest things I’ve been through,” Kupp said. “The conflict it creates in you, when you are both cheering and pulling for your guys. … You’re pulling for them, but every step of the way, every time they succeed it hurts you that much more because you want to be part of it as well.”

Kupp will play a lead role in this Super Bowl after a season that merited MVP consideration.

The 28-year-old Kupp became the fourth player since the AFL-NFL merger to win the receiving triple crown, leading the league in receptions (145), receiving yardage (1,947) and touchdown catches (16). The others are the San Francisco 49ers’ Jerry Rice in 1990, the Green Bay Packers’ Sterling Sharpe in 1992 and the Carolina Panthers’ Steve Smith in 2005.

“I’ve gotten a full year with Cooper and his greatness,” Rams first-year quarterback Matthew Stafford said. “His ability to affect the game with the football — any kind of way you can affect the game, he does it.”

Kupp is enjoying a strong postseason with 25 catches for 386 yards and four touchdowns. He needs seven receptions to surpass the postseason record set by Travis Kelce of the Kansas City Chiefs last season.

Kupp’s rise to one of the NFL’s top receivers has been stunning. Not one major college offered a scholarship to the Yakima, Wash., native. His family tried to get the University of Washington to take a chance, but the Pac-12 school passed.

Kupp went to Eastern Washington of the Big Sky and racked up pinball numbers over four seasons, setting FCS career records of 428 catches, 6,464 yards and 73 touchdowns. He won the Walter Payton Award as the top FCS player in 2015.

When the 2017 NFL Draft rolled around, his college accomplishments were overlooked. The Rams landed him in the third round with the 69th overall pick.

Kupp was an immediate hit with 62 catches for 859 yards and five scores. He was on his way to a bigger season the following season before the ACL injury ended his season after eight games. He had 40 catches for 566 yards and six touchdowns.

Kupp returned in 2019, motivated to display that the injury was merely a setback. He proved it by catching 94 passes for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns.

“At no point was there any doubt in my mind I was going to come back and be better than before,” Kupp said. “I felt like I had been given an opportunity to rebuild myself exactly how I wanted to. I could run the way I wanted to run, I could run routes the way I wanted to run routes, I could cut the way I wanted to cut and eliminate bad habits.”

The Bengals had trouble covering Kupp in 2019 in London. Kupp racked up a career-best 220 receiving yards on just seven catches, including a 65-yard scoring reception in the Rams’ 24-10 win.

Cincinnati cornerback Mike Hilton, who wasn’t part of the 2019 Bengals, is expected to have most of the coverage duties on Sunday.

“He’s just deceptive,” Hilton said of Kupp. “He knows how to switch tempos, slow his feet down and create separation for himself. That’s their go-to guy, and he’s expected to win his one-on-one. But I know what I can do. That’s going to be my mission this week.”

–Field Level Media

Dec 19, 2021; Tampa, Florida, USA;  Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) attempts a pass in the first half against the New Orleans Saints at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Tom Brady named to record 15th Pro Bowl

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady was named to the Pro Bowl for the 15th time, another record in his historic career.

Per the NFL, Brady’s selection Monday broke a tie with Peyton Manning, Tony Gonzalez, Bruce Matthews and Merlin Olsen for the most all-star selections in league history.

Brady was one of the first five choices revealed to the public Monday. He was joined by Indianapolis Colts running back Jonathan Taylor, Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and two Los Angeles Rams stars — defensive end Aaron Donald and wide receiver Cooper Kupp.

The five players were pictured on billboards in Las Vegas, which is set to host the Pro Bowl on Feb. 6. The full AFC and NFC Pro Bowl teams are scheduled to be announced Wednesday.

As of Monday, Brady leads the league in passing with 4,348 yards and 36 touchdowns. Taylor leads the league in rushing yards (1,518) and touchdowns (17), and Kupp leads the NFL in receiving yards (1,489) and TDs (12).

They weren’t the only players to be revealed Monday. On ESPN’s “Monday Night Countdown,” former Minnesota Vikings star receiver Randy Moss surprised current Vikings wideout Justin Jefferson with the news that he was selected to the Pro Bowl. It is the second straight selection to start Jefferson’s career.

The Chicago Bears also announced that linebacker Robert Quinn and return specialist Jakeem Grant Sr. were voted to the Pro Bowl. It is Quinn’s third Pro Bowl selection, but his first since 2014, when he played for the Rams.

Taylor received the most fan votes (265,370), according to the league. The fan vote counts for a third of the total vote. He was followed by San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa, Kelce, 49ers fullback Kyle Juszczyk and Dallas Cowboys rookie cornerback Trevon Diggs.

–Field Level Media

Oct 24, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Detroit Lions cornerback Jerry Jacobs (39) chases down Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods (2) after a complete pass in the second half of the game at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Rams WR Robert Woods tears ACL in practice

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Robert Woods sustained a torn ACL at practice on Friday, ESPN reported.

Per the network, Woods was able to finish practice and conduct interviews with the media before tests later revealed the severity of the injury. That’s likely why Woods did not appear on the injury report Friday.

Woods’ injury came on the same day that the Rams signed wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

Woods, 29, has 45 receptions for 556 yards and four touchdowns in nine games this season.

He has 570 catches for 7,077 yards and 35 touchdowns in 125 career games with the Buffalo Bills and Rams. He was selected by the Bills in the second round of the 2013 draft out of Southern California.

Teammate Cooper Kupp leads the NFL in receptions (74), receiving yards (1,019) and receiving touchdowns (10).

Beckham, 29, was traded in 2019 by the New York Giants to the Cleveland Browns, who agreed Friday to waive him following a social media post from Beckham’s father criticizing quarterback Baker Mayfield. The Browns and Beckham came to terms on a reworked contract before placing him on waivers.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2021; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp (10) catches a ball while under pressure by Seattle Seahawks safety Jamal Adams (33)  during the first quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Rams WR Cooper Kupp inactive vs. Packers

Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp has been ruled inactive for Saturday’s NFC divisional-round playoff game against the host Green Bay Packers.

Kupp, 27, initially was listed as questionable to play after missing practice throughout the week for the sixth-seeded Rams.

Kupp caught four passes for 78 yards in Los Angeles’ 30-20 victory over the Seattle Seahawks last Saturday before leaving in the fourth quarter with a knee contusion.

Kupp led the team in catches (92) and receiving yards (974) in 15 games this season. His three touchdown grabs trailed Robert Woods (six) for the team lead.

Josh Reynolds, who had 52 catches for 618 yards and two touchdowns this season, likely will see more snaps with Kupp sidelined.

The Rams also ruled the following players as inactive for Saturday’s game: starting left guard David Edwards and fellow offensive lineman Brian Allen, quarterback John Wolford, linebacker Terrell Lewis as well as wide receiver Trishton Jackson.

The top-seeded Packers’ inactives list is as follows: quarterback Jordan Love, cornerbacks Ka’dar Hollman and Josh Jackson, linebacker Jonathan Garvin, tight end Jace Sternberger and defensive lineman Kingsley Keke.

–Field Level Media