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Rams agree to 4-year extension with TE Higbee

NFL, Los Angeles Rams

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. -- The Los Angeles Rams and Tyler Higbee have agreed to terms on a four-year extension that will keep the tight end with the team through the 2023 season, the Rams announced.

Higbee's extension comes two days after the Rams agreed to terms with quarterback Jared Goff on a four-year deal worth $134 million, with $110 million guaranteed.

"He's really important," Rams coach Sean McVay said of Higbee on Thursday. "Versatility from that tight end position is paramount and his ability to be able to make plays in the pass game, be able to compete on the line of scrimmage, in the run game, be able to do some different things protection-wise -- we ask a lot of our tight ends.

"The versatility and his ability to play on all three downs and be competitive with whatever we ask him is a really important part of this offense."

The Rams selected Higbee from Western Kentucky in the fourth round of the 2016 draft. He is entering the final season of his rookie contract and was scheduled to make $2 million.

In three seasons, Higbee has caught 60 passes for 672 yards and four touchdowns.

Last season, Higbee caught a career-best six passes for 63 yards in a Week 11 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. In 2017, he caught four passes for a career-high 98 yards in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

The Rams open the season Sunday on the road against the Carolina Panthers.

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