3 Worst Rams Contracts to Overcome This Offseason

The Los Angeles Rams are trying to make it back to the Super Bowl. They have these bad contracts as an obstacle on the way.

Chris Pedota, NorthJersey.com / USA
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Cooper Kupp - 2024 Cap Hit: $29.7 Million

After being the best wide receiver in the game a few years ago, 30-year-old Kupp has taken a back seat in the Rams offense with the rise of Puka Nacua. Kupp was still productive in 2023, finishing the season with 737 yards and five touchdowns in 12 games.

Was he $29.7 million per year productive?

Probably not.

Kupp missed 13 games in the last two seasons after breaking the record for most yards by a receiver in a single season (1,965) and winning the Offensive Player of the Year award in 2021.

This earned him a three-year, $80 million contract extension in 2022, which doesn't look like a team-friendly deal right now.

However, the Rams need to hold onto Kupp for their Super Bowl aspirations. Plus, trading him probably isn't feasible considering his age, injury history, and salary, anyway.

One option would be to restructure his deal. The Rams could save up to $12.5 million with a restructure but this carries its own risks. Adding more years to Kupp's contract while he is already on the decline could be detrimental in future years. It would increase his cap hit in 2025 to $36 million.

Therefore, the best-case scenario is most likely the status quo where the Rams hope Kupp stays healthy and performs better next season.