Besides his 24th birthday, Cooper Kupp had a lot to celebrate on Thursday.
The former Eastern Washington wide receiver is coming off a strong performance in two minicamps for the Los Angeles Rams, is getting nothing but positive ink from the local media and has finalized a four-year rookie contract that includes a signing bonus of $954,760.
Kupp stands to make much more than that in the next four years. According to overthecamp.com, the entire deal is with $3,832,093, assuming the former Eagles star stays healthy and fulfills the other clauses of his contract.
Kupp signed the deal on Monday, then turned in another strong performance in this week’s scheduled three-day minicamp. He took a hard fall after catching a touchdown pass on Wednesday and didn’t return that day, but wasn’t seriously injured.
The minicamp went so well, Rams coach Sean McVay canceled Thursday’s session.
Next up for Kupp is offseason conditioning. The Rams rookies will return on July 26 for training camp at the University of California-Irvine, with full camp starting on July 29.
Kupp, a third-round pick (69th overall) in the NFL draft, has been the most consistent rookie performer during workouts and minicamps, according to most experts.
This from Alden Gonzalez of Espn.com: “He arrives very polished. Kupp is sure-handed, runs good routes and brings elite football intelligence. (Quarterback Jared) Goff will need a security blanket as he looks to rebound in his second season, and Kupp should be that guy because he has such a knack for being both available and reliable.”
That doesn’t necessarily mean that Kupp will be the Rams’ go-to receiver. He will compete with returnee Tavon Austin (who last year signed a four-year deal worth $42 million) and former Buffalo Bill Robert Woods.
Kupp is expected to see plenty of action in three-receiver sets, operating most out of the slot.