On Tuesday Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jakeem Grant earned a four-year contract extension that keeps him on the team through 2023.
Grant, 26, would have become an unrestricted free agent following the season, and was entering the final year of his rookie contract. He was set to make $720,000 during the 2019 season, but with the new deal, that number will no doubt hike up. The official terms of his new contract are not yet available.
Grant suffered an Achilles injury in week 12 that ended his 2018 season, although the team never officially confirmed the severity or specifics of the injury. He is still recovering from this injury, but is expected back by the start of the regular season. When back, Grant will likely be in the No. 4 receiving spot as long as Kenny Stills, DeVante Parker and Albert Wilson are healthy.
However, Parker is currently nursing an undisclosed injury and Wilson is still recovering from his 2018 season-ending hip injury as well. With both of them questionable for the start of the regular season, Miami could use Grant in a WR slot, as well on kick and punt returns to start the year.
Grant has had success in his short time with the Dolphins on special teams, as he 59 punt returns and 58 kick returns in three seasons. He also has three return touchdowns on special teams, including two last season.
He also saw an uptick in the receiving core over the last two seasons, despite staying in a modified role. Grant has recorded 34 receptions for 471 yards and four TDs in the last two seasons.
Whether on offense or special teams, Grant is now a key part of Miami’s rebuild with this extension.