The Los Angeles Rams made a pair of big announcements this week, inking defensive tackle Aaron Donald and receiver Cooper Kupp to huge contract extensions. Donald will make $95 million over the next three seasons and Kupp will get $110 million over the next five.
Before those deals went down, Arizona Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury tried cause some problems.
He attended Rams head coach Sean McVay’s wedding last weekend and, when he spoke with reporters on Thursday, said he tried to convince Donald to retire and Kupp to hold out.
“I told (Donald) he’s accomplished all he can accomplish and it’s a great idea to go out on your own terms,” Kinsgbury said, “and I told Kupp, ‘I know you and Sean are friends, but stop taking that McVay discount, hold out for the first three weeks and get something sorted out.’”
“Obviously that didn’t work out,” he added, as both deals went down the week after the wedding.
Kingsbury shot his shot, but it wasn’t enough. He and the Cardinals will have to deal with Donald and Kupper multiple times for the next few seasons.