Los Angeles Rams wide receiver Cooper Kupp said wearing a Matthew Stafford this week was his way of showing respect to his quarterback, who helped him earn a big payday. Kupp had a historic 2021 season as he led the NFL in receptions, receiving yards, receiving touchdowns, was named the NFL Offensive Player of the Year and also the Super Bowl MVP.
This week, the Rams decided to reward their All-Pro wide receiver Kupp as they gave him a three-year, $80 million extension. Kupp is now under the contract with the Rams for the next five seasons and he is set to earn around $110 million.
Stafford, who was traded from the Detroit Lions to the Rams last offseason, was a big part of Kupp's success in 2021. After signing an extension with the Rams, Kupp wore a Stafford jersey.
Kupp: Stafford played part in my success
"I thought it was kind of a cool thing," Kupp said of him wearing a Stafford jersey, per ESPN.
"And certainly he's one of those people that's had a hand in being able to be in this place and have the opportunity to be able to extend my career here in Los Angeles and be able to sign that contract. Your quarterback plays a huge role in that, so a little bit of a nod to Matthew Stafford in that way."
This offseason, the Rams made sure to keep their main guys. Besides Kupp, Stafford and Aaron Donald also got extensions. "We come in year after year, and it's clear the organization has put itself and all of its players in a position to be able to go out and achieve that," Kupp said.
"That's something that certainly we do not take that lightly and we're appreciative to have that backing from the higher-ups here in this organization and the willingness to challenge and push and be creative and find ways to put us in positions to win games."