Looking into LA Rams rookie extension candidates and what they might get

The 2021 draft class was unheralded, but several players from that draft have made an impact for the LA Rams. Now, here's what those extension candidates may get in their next contracts as their rookie deals get set to expire.

NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams, Aaron Donald, Ernest Jone
NFC Wild Card Playoffs - Los Angeles Rams, Aaron Donald, Ernest Jone / Lauren Leigh Bacho/GettyImages
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The LA Rams certainly put on a display of just how good this team can be to close out the 2023 NFL season. Despite some glaring weaknesses in the team's roster, the team put up a run of 7-2 in the final nine games, including going on the road and pushing the Baltimore Ravens into overtime, and falling on the road to the Detroit Lions by one point.

That is the kind of success that is too great to fall to the wayside in the following year. It will carry over, and there are many rookies and first year starters from that 2023 season who are already hitting the gyms and the practice field in hopes of getting back to the team, playing even better, and earning an even larger role with the team.

Rams changed their pattern in 2021

But the team had to start somewhere, and if you truly want to dig deep enough to find the wellspring from where the Rams' success for this chapter truly begins, it was the 2021 NFL Draft. It was that year that the Rams changed their pattern, and finally looked at under-addressed positions and skillsets to introduce a bit of complexity to the roster and complicate the job of opponents. Of course, some players selected in that draft did not work out, but it was the team's first attempt to expand boundaries and dabble in areas that were outside of their comfort zone.

While some rookies did not show up that year, the overall performance of the 2021 NFL season culminated in the LA Rams winning their first Super Bowl for the city of Los Angeles, California. It was the small contributions of so many players that year that truly propelled the entire team to the highest peak of NFL glory.

Some players flashed brilliance for the Rams since being drafted. Others have been a bit less impactful. Still, the team has viewed the 2021 NFL Draft class with some disdain. Five of nine players selected in the 2021 NFL Draft are no longer with the team. Still, four players remain, and they will be eligible for rookie contract extensions. The question is, will any player be offered an extension? If so, how much?

That's what we are here to discuss. After all, the Rams success has not been born solely by the three 'pillars' of DT Aaron Donald, QB Matthew Stafford, and WR Cooper Kupp. Rotational players who can step into a game and make plays are vital as well. So too are those players who put in the effort and show up as starters, just to ensure that the stars of the team can get their spotlights. So which Rams rookies are up for extensions this year?