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Rams lock up coach McVay, GM Snead through ’23

The Associated Press

Rams coach Sean McVay

The Associated PressLOS ANGELES (AP) — Sean McVay and Les Snead have received their rewards for their two-year transformation of the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams’ 33-year-old coach and his general manager have agreed to contract extensions through 2023. The defending NFC champions announced the deals Friday as veterans reported to training camp in Orange County.

Financial terms of the contracts weren’t disclosed, but the deals cement the Rams’ foundation and essentially ensure McVay and Snead will be in charge when the franchise moves into its multi-billion-dollar stadium complex in Inglewood next year.

“It’s a reflection of a great collaboration, of everybody’s work together,” McVay said. “You’re not going to work any harder, but it makes you want to work to make them right on the decision to place a lot of faith in us as a coaching staff. We’re excited to just roll our sleeves up and get to work.”

McVay has engineered a stunning turnaround of the Rams since owner Stan Kroenke took a risk by hiring the youngest head coach in modern NFL history in early 2017.

McVay took charge of a franchise with 13 consecutive non-winning seasons and immediately won two NFC West titles while going 24-8 in the regular season. The Rams won two playoff games and advanced to their first Super Bowl in 17 years last season, losing to New England.

McVay has built one of the NFL’s most prolific offenses for a franchise that had the league’s worst offense in the season before he took over. Two of his offensive assistants have already become head coaches — Matt LaFleur in Green Bay and Zac Taylor in Cincinnati — as other teams attempt to achieve their own version of McVay’s stunning success.

McVay said he had “a few years left” on his initial contract with the Rams even before the extension.

“You feel humbled,” McVay said. “You feel blessed that this was even a conversation that we had. There was a shared vision, and we said it that day [when he was hired]. We’ve been able to see that play out over the last couple of years.”

Dallas’ Elliott joins holdout list

OXNARD, Calif. (AP) — Though his math was a little fuzzy, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones opened training camp by making a point that every player on the roster was under contract.

What Jones really had in mind while mentioning 80 players when it should have been 90 was one in particular: star — and now holdout — running back Ezekiel Elliott.

Once the questions began on reporting day Friday, Jones declared Elliott “late.” With two years left on his rookie deal, the two-time NFL rushing champion wasn’t around for a physical or conditioning test a day after missing the team’s flight to California.

The first practice is set for Saturday, with no indication that anything will change with Elliott. One of Elliott’s representatives didn’t return a message seeking comment.

The fourth overall choice in the 2016 draft, Elliott is due to make $3.9 million this season and $9.1 million in the fifth year, which was a team option since the former Ohio State star was a first-round pick.

An opening-day of the talk dominated by Elliott’s absence wasn’t what Dallas has in mind amid expectations of getting past the divisional round for the first time since the last of the club’s five Super Bowl titles about 25 years ago.

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