A lot to the delight of their followers, the Los Angeles Rams struck offers with each Aaron Donald and Cooper Kupp this week. It ensures that they’ll be within the combine for the subsequent couple of years (not less than) because the Rams attempt to win one other championship with their Tremendous Bowl window large open.
As excited because the Rams are about extending their two largest stars, the 49ers most likely aren’t thrilled concerning the information – for a number of causes.
Not solely do the 49ers need to face Donald and Kupp twice a yr for the subsequent two-plus seasons, however the price of signing two of their very own cornerstones simply went up. You’ll have heard that each Deebo Samuel and Nick Bosa are candidates to signal extensions, and whereas issues haven’t boiled over simply but, the 49ers can be sensible to increase their offers sooner slightly than later.
Bosa and Samuel each reported to obligatory minicamp this week, a optimistic improvement for San Francisco. However with Bosa’s contract expiring after the 2023 season and Samuel turning into a free agent subsequent offseason, the 49ers might want to prolong their stars quickly.
Being the precious offensive playmaker that he’s, Samuel is totally Kupp’s deal as a place to begin for his eventual contract – particularly along with his want to play extra large receiver than operating again. Kupp acquired $80 million over three years, however extra importantly, his deal comes with $75 million assured – the best ever for a large receiver.
You don’t suppose Samuel will need as a lot, if no more assured cash than Kupp acquired? After all he’ll, and with the best way the large receiver market has been trending – 11 gamers are actually making not less than $20 million per yr – he might eclipse Kupp’s contract, being a youthful participant, too.
And as for Bosa, he’s going to command an enormous deal. He doesn’t play the identical place as Donald, however he’s additionally a defensive centerpiece for San Francisco and is definitely one of many prime edge rushers in soccer.
T.J. Watt is the highest-paid edge rusher at $28 million per yr, and Donald makes $3.67 million greater than him yearly. So for Bosa, he’s going to not solely take a look at Watt’s deal, but in addition Donald’s as the ground for his subsequent contract.
Rich Eisen broached the thought of the Rams hurting the 49ers’ leverage with these offers whereas interviewing Les Snead, and whereas Snead admitted he likes to “bruise the enemy,” he doesn’t see this as a scenario that instantly applies.
“Deep within the bowels, we’re undoubtedly aggressive,” Snead stated. “And we prefer to bruise the enemy as a lot as potential, however I believe in these conditions, we’re actually targeted on Aaron, we’re actually targeted internally on us, and if we do that with Aaron, what’s second, third, fourth and fifth degree domino results from that contract and the way can we work round it. And I’m certain the Niners are doing the identical themselves. They’re specializing in themselves making an attempt to construct one of the best Niners group potential so once we do battle twice a yr, it’s a type of 15-round heavyweight fights.”
Regardless, the 49ers are going to need to pay Bosa and Samuel with sizable contracts. And if the Rams’ offers with Kupp and Donald can drive the value tag up even a couple of million extra, nobody in Thousand Oaks will complain.