The Los Angeles Rams rewarded Tyler Higbee with a four-year extension on Thursday.
Extending Higbee four more years to keep the tight end around through the 2023 season may not seem like that big of a deal when compared to some of the other players on offense.
But also, keep in mind the Rams never would have made this move if they didn’t believe Higbee was a valuable member to this team, and having the tight end around for the long run with the rest of the group is amazing news for the offense.
Last offseason, Los Angeles made numerous key move when it comes to extending key players with the intention of taking care of Goff later on down the road, whether it was Todd Gurley or Brandin Cooks.
As mentioned before, Higbee may not seem as valuable as some of the other players on offense for the Rams, but he has proven to be an underrated weapon for Goff to use in the passing game when needed over the last two seasons.
Catching 49 passes since 2017 doesn’t seem as impressive compared to other pass-catching tight ends across the league, but Higbee most likely would see more passes thrown in his direction if the Rams weren’t stacked at the wide receiver position.
Due to some off the field issues back in 2016, Higbee’s draft stock took a bit of a hit before the Rams decided to take a chance on the Western Kentucky product in the fourth round.
Deep down, Los Angeles knew there were some concerns surrounding Higbee, but if he could manage to stay out of trouble, this would seem well worth it in the long run.
Now that Higbee is the latest member of the Rams to be rewarded with an extension, this gives Los Angeles one less thing to worry about over the next few months since his contract situation (entering final year of rookie deal) would have been brought up at some point.
Plus, with Higbee thrilled over the extension, Los Angeles will hopefully benefit from him feeling extra motivated to be in for a career year during his fourth NFL season in 2019.