Contracts. What every NFL player – wait what every person, professional athlete or professional corporate job, sits down anxious to hear. As the deadline for contract extensions or multi-year signings quickly approaches (also training camps), some players are either playing the waiting game and others are receiving some hefty potential earnings. Here are some of the recently negotiated contracts:
Now one of these highest-paid safeties in the history of the NFL, Fitzpatrick has recently signed a four-year contract extension. As disclosed on Twitter, ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Fitzpatrick is the highest-paid safety in NFL history with a four-year deal that will pay him $18.4 million per season with $36 million guaranteed.
Fitzpatrick started his career being drafted 11th overall in the 2018 NFL Draft by the Dolphins before being traded to the Steelers, Fitzpatrick describes this moment as an absolute blessing. Now, a 2x All-Pro Bowl player, Minkah has a career recorded 13 ints. and 289 total yards. Steelers got their money’s worth signing Fitzpatrick in 2018, and now he’s getting his worth.
Aaron Donald, DT
Donald signed a 3 year $95 million extension with LA Rams. This extension includes a $25 million signing bonus. This previous season Donald was expected to earn 14.25 million. Shockingly enough, out of all the contracts in the NFL, just 7 contracts with a net worth of $95 mill. all are contracts belonging to … QUARTERBACKS!!! From the wise words of Young Dolph … get paid Aaron Donald get paid.
Cooper Kupp, WR
Mr. Kupp of the Los Angeles Rams signed a 3-year $80.1mill. contract extension. He will receive a signing bonus of $20 mil., however, $35m is guaranteed at signing including the signing bonus, the salary for 2022, and the roster bonus for next year. This upcoming season is estimated to be his highest career earnings.
Hunter Renfrow, WR
WR for the Raiders, Renfrow signed a contract extension for 2 years at $32 million, $20 mill. guaranteed. Renfrow, a former Clemson football alumn, has been declared underrated, some feel as though this contract is just simply not enough. The former walk-on has drastically improved since his collegiate days and is making a name for himself in the NFL. Renfrow took the strategic route when negotiating his contract. In the WR market, money isn’t as it is in the QB market, he’s taking a risk and betting on himself this contract. Short-term risk, potentially high payout where in the upcoming years he may potentially be valued more than he is now.
Lamar Jackson, QB… patiently waiting
The MVP, who missed the last four games of the regular season due to an ankle injury has yet to have a contract negotiated. Although there is talk of Jackon potentially calling it quits with the Ravens, he tweeted in March this year denying those allegations. However, June 13, 2022, was the first time MVP was seen with the team this offseason. This last season was the worst in the books for the QB as he record 16 TD and 13 interceptions… MVP lost his mojo?