The Los Angeles Rams gave receiver Tavon Austin a four-year contract extension with up to $42 million in guarantees, earlier this week.
Austin appreciated the security of the new contract, according to The Daily News.
Now, the 2013 first-round pick said he is clear minded. Austin said he does not have to worry about anything else off-the-field, and he can get ready for football.
Before the contract, the receiver admitted the business side of football weighed on him. As he entered his fourth season, there were no guarantees that the Rams would retain him.
He said he saw other players leave teams, and he wondered about his future. Although the NFL is a sport, Austin said it is a job and sometimes he worried about his family.
However, the fourth-year receiver said the extension lets him know the franchise is about family and not just football.
Rams head coach Jeff Fisher said he is happy for Austin, who is an energetic team guy with God-given talent.
In three seasons, Austin registered 123 receptions, 1,942 yards from scrimmage and 16 combined rushing and receiving touchdowns.
Still, Austin will be an impact player for the Rams. Fisher said the contract is an anticipation of what Austin is going to do, as well as a reward for what he has done in the past.
Like most of the Rams starters, Austin is not expected to play much in Thursday’s preseason finale versus the Minnesota Vikings.
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