NFL news: Los Angeles Rams reward Matthew Stafford ahead of Super Bowl defence

Matthew Stafford signs new contract with the Los Angeles Rams after leading team to Super Bowl LVI victory at SoFi Stadium.

The Los Angeles Rams have locked up Super Bowl winning quarterback Matthew Stafford by signing him to a four-year contract extension worth a reported $160million.

The 34-year-old made a blockbuster trade move from the Detroit Lions last season with the Rams seeing him as the missing piece in their Super Bowl puzzle.

Stafford responded by coming through a rocky end to the regular season to compile an excellent playoff run and eventually pick up the Lombardi Trophy with a Super Bowl victory over the Cincinnati Bengals.

Stafford had a year left to run on the previous contract he signed in Detroit, but with no desire from either party to move on, he's signed the deal which will likely see him end his career as a Ram.

There's $135m in guaranteed money for Stafford in his new deal, which is less than he probably could have commanded elsewhere but which gives the Rams salary cap space to try and keep the band together for a tilt at retaining their title.

After failing to win a playoff game in his first 12 seasons in the league with the Lions, Stafford finally converted his potential into success.

Stafford set a new team record with 4,886 passing yards and tied Kurt Warner's best of 41 touchdowns.

In the playoffs, Stafford threw for a further 1,188 yards, nine touchdowns and just three interceptions, while also leading game-winning drives in the fourth quarter against the Buccaneers, 49ers and in the big one against the Bengals.

Stafford will have Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp to throw to again next season, and he's joined by new signing Allen Robinson while the team will also look to bring Odell Beckham Jr back.

The Rams are also keen to work out a contract extension with dominant defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who will also be crucial to their chances to going back-to-back.

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