The Dolphins have agreed on an extension with Jason Sanders, making him the game’s highest-paid kicker. It’s not surprising. Entering his fourth year, he’s emerged as one of the best players at his position.
Per reports, it’s a five-year extension worth $22 million, with $10 million guaranteed.
The Dolphins could have waited on this deal; Sanders was already under contract through the 2021 season. But as well as Sanders played last year, Miami obviously felt it was better to extend him now, rather than to a more expensive deal a year from now.
Sanders was pretty special last year. He connected on 8 of 9 field goals from 50-plus, and he was the only full-time kicker in the league who made all of his extra points. Sanders kicked a 50-yard field goal with 3:30 left to help win the Arizona game, and he connected on a 44-yarder with 1 second left in a comeback win against Las Vegas.
Along with Younghoe Koo and Daniel Carlson, Sanders was one of only three kickers who scored 144 points last year. He missed only 3 total kicks, while Carlson missed 4 and Koo missed 5.
It’s early; we’ll see how things shake out in the offseason. But if we’re picking players today, Sanders probably would be one of the first five kickers I would draft for 2021.
|KICKERS, 2020 SEASON|
|Younghoe Koo, Atl.||37-39||8-8||33-36||144|
|Jason Sanders, Mia.||36-39||8-9||36-36||144|
|Daniel Carlson, L.V.||33-35||4-4||45-47||144|
|Tyler Bass, Buff.||28-34||4-6||57-59||141|
|Rodrigo Blankenship, Ind.||32-37||1-3||43-45||139|
|Ryan Succop, T.B.||28-31||1-2||52-57||136|
|Greg Zuerlein, Dall.||34-41||3-9||33-36||135|
|Justin Tucker, Balt.||26-29||3-5||52-53||130|
|Cairo Santos, Chi.||30-32||2-3||36-37||126|
|Wil Lutz, N.O.||23-28||1-3||57-58||126|
|Harrison Butker, K.C.||25-27||4-4||48-54||123|
|Jason Myers, Sea.||24-24||2-2||49-53||121|
|Joey Slye, Car.||29-36||1-6||33-36||120|
|Ka'imi Fairbairn, Hou.||27-31||4-6||37-40||118|
|Graham Gano, NYG||31-32||5-6||21-23||114|
|Dustin Hopkins, Was.||27-34||2-4||30-32||111|
|Nick Folk, N.E.||26-28||2-3||30-33||108|
|Brandon McManus, Den.||28-34||10-15||24-27||108|
|Michael Badgley, LAC||24-33||2-6||36-39||108|
|Mason Crosby, G.B.||16-16||4-4||59-63||107|
|Matt Prater, Det.||21-28||6-10||38-41||101|
|Cody Parkey, Cle.||19-22||0-0||43-47||100|
|Stephen Gostkowski, Ten.||18-26||7-8||46-48||100|
|Robbie Gould, S.F.||19-23||2-4||36-38||93|
|Chris Boswell, Pitt.||19-20||1-1||34-38||91|
|Randy Bullock, Cin.||21-26||3-5||24-25||87|
|Zane Gonzalez, Ariz.||16-22||2-3||38-39||86|
|Dan Bailey, Min.||15-22||2-5||37-43||82|
|Jake Elliott, Phil.||14-19||2-5||24-26||66|
|Matt Gay, LAR||14-16||1-1||16-16||58|
|Sam Sloman, 2TM||10-13||0-1||23-26||53|
|Sam Ficken, NYJ||13-15||1-3||12-15||51|
|Aldrick Rosas, Jac.||8-11||3-5||9-9||33|