DENVER — The Los Angeles Rams locked up Tavon Austin to a four-year extension that will keep the dynamic wide receiver with the team through the 2021 season, the team announced Saturday.
A source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter that the deal is worth $42 million — including $30 million guaranteed — and contains incentives that could elevate the deal’s value to $52 million.
“Tavon has been an integral part of our offense and special teams since we drafted him in 2013,” Rams coach Jeff Fisher said in a statement. “It is important to our organization to retain players we’ve drafted and invested in, and Tavon is an example of that. We’re excited for him to continue his career with the Rams.”
Austin, the eighth overall selection in the 2013 draft, significantly increased his production in 2015. He set career highs in receptions (52), yards from scrimmage (907) and touchdowns (10), prompting the Rams to trigger his fifth-year option for 2017.
He carries a base salary of $2,143,773 in 2016 and is set to make $12,268,000 in 2017.
Austin’s role is expected to increase this season — in the passing game and out of the backfield — under Rob Boras and new passing game coordinator Mike Groh. Austin will also continue to return punts.