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.

Younghoe Koo, Atl.37-398-833-36144
Jason Sanders, Mia.36-398-936-36144
Daniel Carlson, L.V.33-354-445-47144
Tyler Bass, Buff.28-344-657-59141
Rodrigo Blankenship, Ind.32-371-343-45139
Ryan Succop, T.B.28-311-252-57136
Greg Zuerlein, Dall.34-413-933-36135
Justin Tucker, Balt.26-293-552-53130
Cairo Santos, Chi.30-322-336-37126
Wil Lutz, N.O.23-281-357-58126
Harrison Butker, K.C.25-274-448-54123
Jason Myers, Sea.24-242-249-53121
Joey Slye, Car.29-361-633-36120
Ka'imi Fairbairn, Hou.27-314-637-40118
Graham Gano, NYG31-325-621-23114
Dustin Hopkins, Was.27-342-430-32111
Nick Folk, N.E.26-282-330-33108
Brandon McManus, Den.28-3410-1524-27108
Michael Badgley, LAC24-332-636-39108
Mason Crosby, G.B.16-164-459-63107
Matt Prater, Det.21-286-1038-41101
Cody Parkey, Cle.19-220-043-47100
Stephen Gostkowski, Ten.18-267-846-48100
Robbie Gould, S.F.19-232-436-3893
Chris Boswell, Pitt.19-201-134-3891
Randy Bullock, Cin.21-263-524-2587
Zane Gonzalez, Ariz.16-222-338-3986
Dan Bailey, Min.15-222-537-4382
Jake Elliott, Phil.14-192-524-2666
Matt Gay, LAR14-161-116-1658
Sam Sloman, 2TM10-130-123-2653
Sam Ficken, NYJ13-151-312-1551
Aldrick Rosas, Jac.8-113-59-933

—Ian Allan