Rams to carry again Matthew Stafford, decide up QB’s choice bonus

The Los Angeles Rams are anticipated to select up star quarterback Matthew Stafford’s 2023 choice bonus and 2024 wage by the third day of the league yr, sources informed ESPN.

The choice bonus and 2024 wage pays Stafford a mixed $62 million in assured cash.

In the event that they determine to not decide up the choice, the Rams might have designated Stafford a post-June 1 cap casualty, which might have counted him $13.5 million towards their wage cap in 2023 and a further $36 million in 2024.

However Stafford, who confronted questions on probably retiring after lacking the Rams’ ultimate seven video games, will return for at the least one season to play beneath coach Sean McVay, who additionally shall be again in Los Angeles in 2023.

McVay mentioned in his end-of-season information convention that he could be taking the “appropriate time” to decide on his future, however the Rams introduced Friday that he’ll stay their coach.

The Rams are coming off a 5-12 season — McVay’s worst dropping marketing campaign since he was employed in Los Angeles in 2017 — as they handled many accidents, together with to Stafford, vast receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive deal with Aaron Donald.

Stafford, who turns 35 subsequent month, ended the season on injured reserve with a spinal twine contusion and twice frolicked within the concussion protocol. The previous Professional Bowler reiterated this week that he did not actually take into consideration retiring whereas coping with the accidents and feels “really comfortable and confident in moving forward.”