Tyler Higbee agrees to four-year extension with Rams
On Tuesday, the Los Angeles Rams handed Jared Goff a lucrative four-year extension to make him one of the highest-paid quarterbacks in the NFL. Just two days later, the Rams are signing Goff’s tight end in Tyler Higbee to a four-year extension, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.
Another extension for the Rams, who reach agreement with TE Tyler Higbee on a 4-year deal that ties him to the team through 2023 season and makes him a top 10 paid TE, per source. Rams and @ErikBurkhardt finalizing deal this morning.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 5, 2019
Following Schefter’s tweet, Ian Rapoport released the specific details of the contract for the young tight end.
The #Rams and TY Tyler Higbee agree to terms on a 4-year extension with a base value of $31.025M, sources say. He gets a max of more than $36M with plenty of incentives with a guarantee of $15.5M. A nice deal for a good young player.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 5, 2019
The Rams selected Higbee with their fourth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft out of Western Kentucky. In his first three seasons, the pass-catching tight end has caught just 60 receptions for 672 yards and four touchdowns with the team.
However, over the past two seasons, Higbee has shared targets at his position with Gerald Everett. Higbee’s new deal inserts him into the discussion of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL. Is his new deal warranted though?
So far, Higbee hasn’t done much to garner a lucrative extension but the Rams are expecting him to be a mainstay in their offense for the foreseeable future. Therefore, they saw it best to extend Higbee now before his asking price raises anymore.
Since Sean McVay arrived in 2017, Los Angeles has been committed to re-signing players on their team that they view as irreplaceable. Also, McVay incorporates a ton of 11-personnel sets in his offense which makes this deal even more questionable.
It remains to be seen if Higbee is a reliable weapon in the Rams offense this season. We will see how he is utilized in this offense on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.