Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
The Los Angeles Rams and veteran wide receiver Tavon Austin will remain wearing the horns. Austin, in the midst of his fifth NFL season, his agent agreed on a restructure with Austin remaining in Los Angeles.
In 2016, the Ram’s Tavon Austin, signed a four-year extension to stay in Los Angeles, the team that drafted at the 2013 NFL Draft. Austin signed a 4 year, $42,000,000 extension including $28,500,000 guaranteed, and an average annual salary of $10,500,000. In 2017, Austin earned a base salary of $3,500,000 and a roster bonus of $11,477,116, while carrying a cap hit of $14,977,116.
Austin's lucrative contract extension was disturbing to numerous Ram fans, because of Austin’s statistics didn’t compare to the monetary reward of the elite receivers in the league. He seemed to have gotten lost in the shuffle, as he was used more as a decoy to open running lanes for Todd Gurley during his impressive MVP run.
A couple of teams expressed interest in a trade, such as the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers, but no trades were executed. Sportswriter Rich Hammond of the Orange County Register, was busy responding to tweets from Ram fans regarding the team, and of Austin. Hammond responded back of Austin’s status, that his agent and the organization were trying to restructure his contract or presumably his outright release.
Austin's agent and Les Snead continued to negotiating in "good faith" but the two sides couldn't reach a decision during the bargaining period. Austin's is owed $5,000,000 after the Rams on Wednesday failed to release him before the 4:00 pm est deadline. If Austin's was released his salary would have freeed up $3,000.000 in cap space to help get new players signed.
NFL analyst Ian Rappaport announced this evening that Austin and the Rams reached an agreement on restructuring his contract. The terms of the restructure have not be revealed, but Rams at the least keep the speedy receiver another season.