The Miami Dolphins locked Jakeem Grant for the next four years after both sides agreed to a contract extension, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported. This means the 26-year-old wide receiver will remain a Dolphin until 2023.
After being drafted back in 2016, Grant became one of the special aces for the Dolphins the past three seasons. In total, he logged 59 punts and 58 kick returns and recorded three returns TDs.
Before getting the contract extension, the wide receiver was entering the final year of his contract. Grant was set to earn $720,000 in 2019 but is expected to earn more than that now.
Grant also saw his role in the passing game increase through the years. He recorded 34 receptions for 471 yards and four scores over the last two seasons. In 2018, he missed the last six games after suffering a calf injury that required surgery, the Miami Herald reported.
The Dolphins wide receiver’s calf is now fully healed but it appears he is dealing with a minor hamstring injury. He missed the first two preseason games but returned to practice last week.
The four-year contract extension of Grant makes him the second member of the 2016 Draft class getting a long-term extension. Back in May, it was cornerback Xavier Howard signing a five-year extension worth $75.3 million.
Looking ahead, a third player could be joining Grant and Howard. The Dolphins picked up the fifth-year option Laremy Tunsil, meaning he will earn around $10 million in 2020. The 13th pick of the 2016 NFL Draft is likely to be given a long-term deal at some point soon.