The Los Angeles Rams have quite a few high-profile players with soon-to-be expiring contracts, most notably reigning Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. I am happy to report that he’s not the one whose contract extension was announced on Tuesday, as the team announced that WR Brandin Cooks has agreed to a five-year contract extension.
“Brandin Cooks has shown himself to be a class act on and off the field since the first day he joined our team,” Rams Head Coach Sean McVay said in the press release. “He’s a proven professional in this league and signing him to a long-term contract was always our goal. We’re excited to keep Brandin in a Rams uniform through 2023.”
ESPN’s Adam Schefter has the terms of the deal.
Rams are giving WR Brandin Cooks a five-year extension worth $80 million, tying him to LA for six years at $88 million, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 17, 2018
Cooks was traded by the New England Patriots to the Rams in exchange for LA’s first-round and sixth-round picks in the 2018 NFL Draft. LA also received New England’s 2018 fourth-rounder. The 24-year-old speedster had his fifth-year option picked up by New England when they acquired him from the New Orleans Saints in 2017, so Cooks was going to be a free agent heading into the 2019 offseason prior to this announcement.
Among the impending unrestricted free agents the Rams face in 2019 include the aforementioned Donald, safety Lamarcus Joyner (whom they did not reach a long-term deal with), left guard Rodger Saffold, and one-year rental Ndamukong Suh. The likes of CBs Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib, DL Michael Brockers, and RB Todd Gurley are set to have their contracts end after the 2019 season concludes. And it’s not as if they have a tremendous amount of cap space at the moment.