- There is no good way to lose a football game but doing so because your kicker missed a field goal must be one of the worst.
- The Philadelphia Eagles like the kicker they have– Jake Elliot. So, they signed him to a generous contract extension.
- While he has yet to miss a kick this season, he wasn’t the most accurate in his first two. But with $10+ million guaranteed, the Eagles are now stuck with him for the foreseeable future.
Kickers, like the Eagles’ Jake Elliot, aren’t always viewed as ‘real’ football players. But there isn’t a winning football team in existence that does not have a great kicker. When the game is on the line and you need a 53-yard field goal to win, it helps to have a guy that can be trusted to make the kick.
So, when teams find a great kicker, they typically try to lock him down. That is precisely what the Philadelphia Eagles have done by signing Jake Elliot to a five-year contract extension worth $21.8 million (with $10.45 million guaranteed).
With an average annual value of $4.2 million, he will be the sixth highest-paid kicker with the third-highest guaranteed amount amongst kickers.
On the surface, it looks like a smart move by the Eagles. He has made every field goal attempted this season (14-14), including a 53-yarder in the loss to Minnesota.
For his career (all three years of it), he has made 86.8 percent of his field-goal attempts. In each of his first two seasons, he made 83.9 percent of his kicks (26-31 in each season). As for his extra points, he has made 93 of the 100 attempted in 42 career games.
Those are pretty good numbers, overall.
Looking at them, and especially how well he is kicking this season, locking him down seems like a good idea. He is young (24), and if all goes well they will have him for his best years (at least). But the ‘if’ is what makes this contract a foolish idea.
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