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The Los Angeles Rams and Cooper Kupp have agreed on a three-year extension that ties the star wide receiver to L.A. for the next five years at $110 million, sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The 28-year-old still had two years left on his contract, but his $15.75-million average annual salary ranked only 18th among wide receivers, according to Spotrac.

The new deal makes Kupp the NFL’s sixth-highest-paid wideout at $22 million per year, according to ESPN’s Field Yates.

Kupp is coming off a historic campaign. The 2017 third-round pick led the league in catches (145), yards (1,947), and touchdown receptions (16) en route to winning the Offensive Player of the Year award last season. Kupp also put on a show in the playoffs, earning Super Bowl MVP honors after helping L.A. win Super Bowl LVI.

The Rams have rewarded some of their biggest stars with lucrative extensions this offseason after claiming their first NFL title in 22 years. Los Angeles gave signal-caller Matthew Stafford a four-year, $160-million contract in March. The team also made defensive lineman Aaron Donald the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history last week.

The wide receiver position is rolling in cash this year in the NFL, with Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams signing the two biggest contracts ever at the position.

The Las Vegas Raiders acquired Adams from the Green Bay Packers in March and gave him a five-year, $140-million deal. Hill then topped that contract a week later after the Miami Dolphins traded for him and signed him to a four-year, $120-million pact.

A.J. Brown, whom the Tennessee Titans traded to the Philadelphia Eagles in April, also recently inked a four-year deal with Philly worth $20 million annually.

Count Cooper Kupp among those hoping Odell Beckham Jr. finds his way back to the Los Angeles Rams.

“I would absolutely love nothing more than just to be able to have him come back and be a part of what we’re building here,” Kupp said Friday on “First Take.”

Beckham is among the notable free agents still on the market. The wideout played a pivotal role in the Rams’ playoff push and appeared poised to receive significant interest in free agency before tearing his ACL in the Super Bowl.

“What he was able to do coming into this offense, learning it and then being able to go and execute the way he did was absolutely incredible,” Kupp added.

The Rams and Beckham reportedly have interest in reuniting, though he is apparently open to returning to the Cleveland Browns, who released him midseason last year.

L.A. bolstered its wide receiver corps this offseason, signing Pro Bowler Allen Robinson in free agency. The club also traded longtime wideout Robert Woods to the Tennessee Titans.

Although Cooper Kupp has a chance to break multiple single-season records Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams wide receiver believes those achievements would deserve an asterisk.

“We’re in the longest football season ever played,” Kupp said Monday, according to Jourdan Rodrigue of The Athletic. “What the guys did that set those records – Mike Thomas, Randy Moss with the touchdowns, what Calvin Johnson did with yards – what those guys did in 16 games, it wouldn’t seem right for those to be broken in 17 games. It wouldn’t hold the same weight to me as it does for guys who did that in 16-game seasons.”

The NFL added one extra week to its regular-season schedule in 2021, jeopardizing numerous single-campaign records. Those marks include Thomas’ 149 catches with the New Orleans Saints, set in 2019, and Johnson’s 1,964 receiving yards with the Detroit Lions, set in 2012.

After 16 games this season, Kupp is 12 catches and 136 yards shy of breaking those respective records.

“I just have incredible respect for what those guys were able to do, what they were able to accomplish, what they were able to produce for their teams in those 16 games,” Kupp said.

Kupp’s 138 receptions and 1,829 yards through 16 games would rank third and fifth all time in a single season, respectively. Still, he’ll look to establish new records in Week 18 against the San Francisco 49ers.

The Pro Bowl receiver has also caught a league-leading 15 touchdowns. However, he’d need more than just one extra game to flirt with the record 23 touchdowns Moss caught in 2007.

The Los Angeles Rams and wide receiver Cooper Kupp agreed on a three-year contract extension, the team announced Saturday.

Kupp’s deal is worth up to $48 million, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo.

Los Angeles’ front office has been busy this week leading up to its 2020 season opener, having completed its record extension for star cornerback Jalen Ramsey on Wednesday.

Kupp, 27, has been a trusty target for quarterback Jared Goff since entering the league in 2017. The slot artist finished last season with 94 receptions for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns, establishing career highs in all three categories a year after tearing his ACL.

The Rams will open their season Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys.