The St. Louis Rams have high expectations for former West Virginia wide receiver Tavon Austin after the team traded up in the 2013 NFL Draft to select him at No. 8 considering how much help they could use for Sam Bradford and the passing game. Obviously, it’s still way too early to determine whether or not this move will pay off, but on the bright side–at least they don’t have to worry about a potential holdout for the rookie wideout.
The Rams agreed to a four-year deal with their wideout on Thursday–which happens to include a $7.65 million signing bonus. Over the years, too many teams have seen problems with rookies holding out for a big contract, but lucky for St. Louis, that won’t be a problem as it’s only mid June and they were already able to reach an agreement with Austin.
After an impressive senior season that consisted of 114 catches for 1,289 yards with 12 touchdowns to go along with 643 rushing yards, Austin entered this year’s draft as arguably the most talented wide receiver and the Rams hope he can be just as effective as a member of their squad. Sam Bradford has been looking for a consistent No. 1 wide receiver for quite some time and now that he’ll have Austin as a target for the next couple of years–it will certainly be interesting to see if Austin can live up to the hype and make an immediate impact during his rookie season in 2013.
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