After briefly contemplating his future, Rams head coach Sean McVay reportedly told the team that he would return next season and likely have his veteran quarterback with him.
The Rams are expected to get Matthew Stafford’s 2023 option bonus and 2024 salary, according to ESPN. The transaction could take place in March, shortly after the start of the new league year.
The option bonus and 2024 salary will pay the caller a combined $62 million in guaranteed money over the next two years.
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The 34-year-old was traded to the Rams before the start of the 2021 season after his long tenure in Detroit. He led the Rams to a Super Bowl title in his first season, but only played in nine games during the 2022 season due to injury.
He was in the NFL’s concussion protocol on two separate occasions before ending the year on injured reserve with a spinal cord concussion.
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Earlier this week, Stafford said he was «really confident» in his health. «I feel very good about where I am,» he said, via The Associated Press.
Some other key pieces of the Rams’ offense, including left tackle Joe Noteboom and wide receiver Cooper Kupp, also missed significant time this year with injuries.
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Stafford signed a four-year, $160 million extension with the team in March 2022.
The team could move on from Stafford by designating him a post-June 1 cut. But the move would have put a significant amount of dead money on the Rams’ salary cap for 2023 and 2024.
The Rams are coming off a 5-12 season, which marked the most losses for a defending Super Bowl champion.
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Los Angeles hopes the 2023 version of Stafford will be more like the 2021 version, when he threw a career-high 41 touchdown passes.