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Tavon Austin restructures hefty contract to stay with Rams

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP) Tavon Austin is restructuring his contract to remain with the Los Angeles Rams.

The Rams worked out a deal with Austin on Thursday to keep the high-priced veteran receiver on their roster.

Austin got a four-year, $42 million deal with Los Angeles before the 2016 season, and he reached career highs with 58 catches for 509 yards. But after Austin caught just 13 passes for the Rams last season, the team explored a trade or a buyout.

Coach Sean McVay frequently used the speedy former No. 8 overall pick as a ball-carrier instead of a receiver for the NFC West champions. Austin rushed 59 times for 270 yards last season.

Austin has spent five seasons with the Rams.

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Updated March 15, 2018

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