Rams to bring back Matthew Stafford, pick up QB’s option bonus

The Los Angeles Rams are expected to receive star quarterback Matthew Stafford’s 2023 option bonus and 2024 salary on the third day of the league year, sources told ESPN.

The option bonus and salary for 2024 will give Stafford a combined $62 million in guaranteed money.

If they decide not to take up the option, the Rams could have labeled Stafford a post-June cap victim, which would have netted him $13.5 million against their salary cap in 2023 and another $36 million in 2024.

But Stafford, who has been questioned about possibly quitting after missing the Rams’ last seven games, will return for at least one season to play under coach Sean McVay, who will also be back in Los Angeles in 2023.

McVay said at his end-of-season press conference that he would take the “appropriate time” to make a decision about his future, but the Rams announced on Friday that he will remain their coach.

The Rams are coming off a 5-12 season – McVay’s worst losing campaign since being hired in Los Angeles in 2017 – as they suffered many injuries, including to Stafford, wide receiver Cooper Kupp and defensive tackle Aaron Donald.

Stafford, who turns 35 next month, finished the season on injured reserve with a spinal cord contusion and spent time on concussion protocol twice. The former Pro Bowler reiterated this week that he wasn’t really thinking about retiring while dealing with the injuries and that he feels “really comfortable and confident about moving forward.”

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