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Rams, QB Matthew Stafford 'find solution' to contract

Tue Jul 23 4:53pm ET
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Quarterback Matthew Stafford and the Los Angeles Rams reached an amicable solution to their concerns over his contract and he reported to training camp, head coach Sean McVay said Tuesday.

McVay was delayed meeting with the media to focus on Stafford's contract situation, which includes an increase in guaranteed money for the final two years of his existing deal that expires at the end of the 2025 season.

Before Tuesday's contract modification, Stafford, 36, had $15 million in guarantees remaining on the four-year, $160 million contract he signed in 2022.

"Here's what I would say right now: There was a lot of great dialogue that existed ... and ultimately it was all geared toward finding a solution that really suits our team but also accommodates some of the things that represent Matthew's worth for us," McVay said. "That was always the goal in mind.

"Ultimately, all we can do is the next right thing. I'm grateful that we're in this position. That's what the delay was for. I'm grateful we came to the solution I think we all wanted and we can focus on this team, and him being able to lead the way and a lot of exciting things could potentially be in store."

The deal is reportedly not an extension of Stafford's contract.

Stafford led the Rams to the Super Bowl LVI title at the end of the 2021 campaign.

He missed 10 total games the past two seasons with injuries but threw for 3,965 yards and 24 touchdown passes in 15 games last year.

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Fantasy Spin: Beckham is reportedly "working through minor things" and his absence is not expected to be lengthy. In the meantime, it should give rookie Malik Washington a chance to make his case to win some early-season reps. Beckham is unlikely to be all that relevant in fantasy in 2024 barring an injury to Tyreek Hill or Jaylen Waddle. Even if one of those players missed extended time, Beckham has not proven to be durable enough to be worth much of a gamble in fantasy.

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Fantasy Spin: There is no word yet on the details, but it seems reasonable that Stafford will join the $50 million/season club at quarterback. Few quarterbacks closed the season out better than Stafford, who averaged 284 yards passing and threw for 15 touchdowns versus only three interceptions over his final six games. The 35-year-old has never been much of a threat with his legs, but he could still push for low-end QB1 numbers in what should easily be a top-10 offense in 2024.

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Tyler Higbee Jul 23 4:03pm ET
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Amari Cooper Jul 23 3:30pm ET
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Amari Cooper Jul 23 3:23pm ET
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Fantasy Spin: Cooper has been a durable and strong WR2 fantasy asset virtually every season since joining the NFL in 2015. His production was a bit more inconsistent last season as Cleveland rotated through multiple quarterbacks, but managers witnessed the kind of upside he possesses when he burned the Houston Texans for 265 yards and two touchdowns in Week 16 last year. Assuming Deshaun Watson can stay healthy more often in 2024, Cooper should finish as a top 15 fantasy receiver.

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Fantasy Spin: That is a huge weight swing over the course of a few months, so fantasy managers could be forgiven if they choose to downgrade him a bit due to the likelihood of injury - especially considering he will turn 31 in October. With that said, few tight ends possess his upside. The best play for pro-Kittle managers is probably to pair him with a high-floor tight end such as Tyler Conklin in the later rounds. Even though he will be a hit-or-miss option, Kittle's upside keeps him firmly in the TE1 discussion.

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Fantasy Spin: Kamara skipped some of the team's mandatory minicamp practices, but it appears there will be no drama regarding his contract for now. The bigger question for Kamara is how he fits into new offensive coordinator Klint Kubiak's scheme and how much work he will lose to 2023 draft pick Kendre Miller. Kamara's pass-game role should remain a key part of the offense, so fantasy managers should feel relatively good about his ability to deliver at a RB2 level.

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Ricky Pearsall Jul 23 2:40pm ET
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Brandon Aiyuk Jul 23 1:40pm ET
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Washington Commanders general manager Adam Peters said it remains unlikely that San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk will end up in Washington. Aiyuk formally requested a trade recently because of his frustration with the progress of contract-extension negotiations and posted a still photograph of a Commanders practice on social media this week. There are plenty of concerns about the Commanders' depth at the receiver position behind Terry McLaurin, but it doesn't sound like they are considering trading for the 26-year-old former first-rounder as the 2024 regular season approaches. The most likely scenario is that Aiyuk plays out his fifth-year option in San Fran and becomes a highly-coveted free agent next March. Aiyuk is a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 in 2024 after posting his second straight 1,000-yard season with seven TDs in 2023.

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Tyson Campbell Jul 23 1:30pm ET
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