The Miami Dolphins and their all-star kicker Jason Sanders agreed to a five-year extension on Tuesday that will make Sanders the highest-paid kicker in NFL history.
Inked to the Dolphins through at least 2026, the youngster agreed to a five-year, $22 million dollar contract extension with $10 million guaranteed. Contractually, the $22 million dollars surpasses Baltimore Ravens kicker Justin Tucker whose current contract’s total value sits at $20 million dollars.
Seventh-Round Pick Has Been “Practically Automatic”
Sanders officially joined the Dolphins in 2018 and was taken in the seventh and final round of the NFL draft with the No. 229 overall pick out of the University of New Mexico.
This is a deal that will likely make Dolphins fans happy as Sanders has been excellent since being drafted.
In the three seasons, Sanders has been in the NFL, he has hit on 77-of-89 field goal attempts for an 86.5-percent career completion percentage. He has also hit on 98-percent of his extra-point attempts (100-of-102), making him practically automatic.
It’s also notable that for the entirety of Sanders’ career, the extra point attempt has been made from 33 yards instead ot the 20-yard line it used to be attempted from.
Sanders Brings Consistency, Stability to Miami, Special Teams
Sanders’ longest field goal has come from 56 yards out, and he has hit on 12-of-15 career attempts from beyond 50 yards. He even averages 61.4 yards per kickoff in his 232 attempts with 168 touchbacks.
Now that he’ll be with Miami through 2026, the extension brings some much-needed security to the Dolphins’ special teams unit, as they were very short on consistency prior to head coach Brian Flores being named to the position a few seasons ago.