ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Tavon Austin and the Rams reportedly have agreed to terms on the rookie receiver’s contract, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport.

Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Rams receiver Tavon Austin catches a pass during organized team activities in St. Louis.

The former West Virginia star and No. 8 overall pick should earn around $12.6 million over four seasons, with the team holding an option for the fifth year. While Austin’s salary — including a signing bonus of $7.65 million — was slotted by the latest collective bargaining agreement, his deal was made more favorable because it includes no offset language.

That means if the Rams opt to release Austin after his third year, they must still pay him the remaining value of his rookie contract in addition to whatever his new team offers. Teams prefer to include offset language, which transfers the onus of the remaining rookie-contract value to the next team and invariably costs the player money because it prevents him from double-dipping.

The 5-foot-8 Austin projects to be a high-impact component of the Rams offense this season, being utilized in the same ways that made him a multi-dimensional legend at WVU. As elusive as he has been on the field, Austin said his pending riches have forced him to dodge countless people from his hometown of Baltimore.

“Everybody expects a lot of things from you as far as money,” he told the Rams website recently. “Everybody wants to be around you. My phone doesn’t stop ringing now. It feels like they’re counting my bank account now.

“I’ve got a lot of cousins now. The whole (city of) Baltimore is my cousin now. We’re going to just try to keep focused and let my mother and all of them handle it.”

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported the Rams reached deals with all seven of its 2013 draft picks, including third-rounder Stedman Bailey.

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Comments

  • WVU07

    Tavon......I am your cousin!!!!! Just because I'm white doesn't mean we aren't related. Show me the money....Good for you. Now go perform and make us proud like you did for your years at WV.

  • scott

    Tavon, congrats and good luck on your upcoming season.

    your cousin,
    Scott

  • WVWho

    "Should" be a 5-7 yr pro bowler if his body holds up. Barry Sanders moves in a wide receiver.

  • Allen

    Congrats on the contract. Keep an eye on what you are paid family or not. I just watched an ESPN special last night about former NFL stars who are practically broke now as they allowed shady characters, business executives, investors and even family mishandle their money. This includes their own mothers. Take an investment class of your own if have to. Also watch out for women who look for NFL stars who are only after the cash. They called ballers by the NBA players.

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  • big tom

    another mountaineer played for the Rams not too long ago,,, and he turned out pretty darn good too,,, Marc bulger....great mountaineer

  • Carson Zickefoose

    The best things I can say to Austin are that I treasured your play in Morgantown, and I hope you follow former Mountaineers and will always count Morgantown as one of your homes. Second, entrust yourself to the prayers of millions of fans who care about you and hope and pray for your success, lack of injury, and certainly, for all Mountaineer and Ram's fans, long may you play and star in the NFL. God Bless. Cars.

  • Doug

    WV is SO PROUD of you TAVON!!! Take care of yourself and your family and beware of your "cousins." Don't let the fast talkers screw you out of your money and you will be financially set for life. Keep working hard and stay humble and don't make yourself a stranger to Motown. CONGRATULATIONS!!

  • big tom

    Tavon,,, congrats,,
    about your money,,, it's your money, don't be ashame to say NO when people nag you for a loan...
    assign a third party , who you really really trust , to watch over your assets... try Fidelity Investments...
    or someone like that,,, a big time investment firm. Don't hand it out to just anyone...
    It's your money, you earned it thru hard work, enjoy it, but don't squander it, be smart, be mature

  • Rick

    Congratulations Tavon. Thank you for all of your fantastic play at WVU. You were a joy to watch. Best of luck to you.

  • Paul D

    I was your #1 fan at WV and can't wait to see you do great in the NFL. You will be a regular on Sportcenter. Best of Luck we are all so proud of you.

  • Helen

    I never will figure out how so many people think that what ever someone else has it is partly theirs. Congrats to Tavon. May God be with you always. Be good to mama and don't worry about new cousins!!!!!

  • unclec

    Way to go Tavon money well spent We know what you can do,

  • chasmo

    Tavon, we are so proud of you !! Please do NOT screw it all up !

  • Bob

    Have the Bailey and Smith signed? I would guess Bailey has since the Rams announced they had sign all their draftees.