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Los Angeles Rams finalizing four-year extension with TE Tyler Higbee

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HYGZ!

Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee gets away from New Orleans Saints S Vonn Bell during overtime in the NFC Championship, Jan. 20, 2019.
Los Angeles Rams TE Tyler Higbee gets away from New Orleans Saints S Vonn Bell during overtime in the NFC Championship, Jan. 20, 2019.
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Mark this one down as a bit of a surprise.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Los Angeles Rams are finalizing a four-year extension for TE Tyler Higbee:

It’s a very interesting move given the timing of things on the tight end depth chart. Higbee was heading into the final year of the rookie contract he signed after being taken in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft while TE Gerald Everett, a second-round pick a year later in the 2017 NFL Draft, has the 2020 season left on his rookie deal.

Not sure what this means for Everett’s future, but it obviously locks in Hygz for years to come.

Higbee had 24 receptions last year on 34 targets finishing with 292 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. About a quarter of those outputs came in the Rams’ memorable Monday night clash with the Kansas City Chiefs though many might remember Hygz’s late game performance against the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Championship as the defining moments of his career to this point.

Now that he’s inked through 2023, we’ll have to see if there’s greater moments yet to come.

(UPDATED at 10:02am ET)

$31m overall, $15.5m guaranteed.