The Los Angeles Rams are on the brink of capturing their first Super Bowl win in over two decades. Quarterback Matthew Stafford has played a significant part in guiding the Rams toward potentially hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy.
Stafford’s arrival kicked the championship expectations into high gear, and his performance will soon earn him a huge payday.
Matthew Stafford helps guide the Rams to Super Bowl 56
After spending his first 12 seasons with the Detroit Lions, Matthew Stafford has made the most of his brief tenure with the Rams.
Stafford put together a highly productive regular season, finishing third with 4,886 passing yards, second with 41 touchdown passes, and fourth with 63.8 quarterback rating. His play helped the Rams secure their first NFC West division title since 2018.
The 34-year-old has followed it with a strong showing in the playoffs, passing for 905 yards with six touchdown passes to one interception and a 115.6 passer rating. As he prepares to play in his first Super Bowl, a major payday sits on the horizon.
Matthew Stafford is expected to work out an extension with the Rams
When the Rams acquired Stafford, the organization knew the trade could quickly lead to a long-term commitment.
Stafford’s success in his first campaign in Los Angeles has jumpstarted the conversation toward extension talks. According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the two sides will work out a deal after Super Bowl 56.
“He needs an extension,” Rapoport said. “I’m told that after the season that Rams and Stafford’s agent are going to sit down and hammer out an extension. They have some big things to do this offseason. Perhaps Odell [Beckham Jr.]. Perhaps keep Von [Miller]. Stafford is a huge part of that.”
“When I talked to general manager Les Snead a couple of days ago, he said when they did the deal that Stafford told him that it’s not about 2021, it’s about the years past it. They think they will get it done.”
Stafford is under contract through the 2022 season, making $23 million. His next deal could see him double that salary as Dak Prescott’s four-year, $160 million contract with the Dallas Cowboys may serve as the baseline for negotiations. The outcome of Super Bowl 56 could impact Stafford’s asking price.
Rams want to re-sign Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller
As much as the Rams’ focus is on working out a long-term extension with their quarterback, general manager Les Snead holds two other offseason priorities that must be addressed first
The franchise’s two most significant mid-season acquisitions in Odell Beckham Jr. and Von Miller will hit free agency for the first time in their respective careers. Each wants to experience the process, but both have expressed interest in remaining in Los Angeles.
“This place, it feels good in my heart,” Beckham said via Nick Shook of NFL.com. “It feels like a home.”
Beckham has become a crucial part of the offensive game plan, especially in the playoffs with 19 catches for 236 yards and a touchdown. He’s helped fill the significant void left by Robert Woods’ absence. Beckham has made numerous big plays that have been vital to the Rams’ deep playoff push.
Meanwhile, Miller has become a key factor as an effective pass rusher behind game-changing plays. According to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the seven-time Pro Bowler is expected to explore his options in free agency.
“Von has enjoyed his time with the Rams,” Garafolo said. “The Rams have enjoyed having him. He loves LA. A return is possible, but my understanding is that this is the first time he will be a free agency so he will fully explore free agency. It feels like he has a good football left in his body. He spent a lot of time on body recovery. So the feels good and his next team whoever it is going to get a lot of good football.”
A return to the Rams will likely take require a slight discount for both players, but the possibility is certainly on the table.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.