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Rams Tie up Even More Cap Space With Big Tyler Higbee Extension for Some Reason

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - JANUARY 20: Tyler Higbee #89 of the Los Angeles Rams celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the New Orleans Saints during the third quarter in the NFC Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 20, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
NFC Championship - Los Angeles Rams v New Orleans Saints | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

After handing Jared Goff the keys to the franchise in the form of the most lucrative NFL contract in league history (in terms of guaranteed money), the Rams, somehow, weren't done inking players to new deals.

In a rather surprising move, the Rams have extended the contract of tight end Tyler Higbee, locking him up for four years on a deal that will reportedly make him a top-10 earner at his position.

Higbee will now be with the Rams through the 2023 NFL season, and if he is truly set to become a top-10 paid tight end, he'll be earning at least $6.8 million annually -- Cameron Brate's current AAV.

It really does feel like the Rams are growing money on trees at this point.

This is certainly a big payday for the 26-year-old, as Higbee was previously slotted to make just $730,215 in 2019. His new deal could see him making 10 times as much.

While Higbee's importance to LA doesn't show up on the stat sheet -- he caught just 24 receptions for 292 yards and two touchdowns last year -- he is a talented blocker and an important aspect of the Rams' offensive identity.

The Rams drafted him in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL Draft out of Western Kentucky. He's started in all 32 regular-season games over the past two years, and earned seven starts in his rookie season.