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:
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
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.