Brandon Brooks speaks out on becoming the NFL’s highest-paid guard
At one point in January, there was some doubt that Brandon Brooks was going to be able to suit up for the Philadelphia Eagles at the beginning of the season. Just 10 months later, Brooks is discussing the reality of him becoming the NFL’s highest-paid guard.
“I don’t know what to say right now, really,” Brooks said in a release announcing the deal. “I’m blessed. After my first couple of weeks here when the Eagles signed me (in 2016), I knew I didn’t want to go anywhere else. I’m honored that the organization extended me early, with a year to go on my contract. I don’t know, man. I’m kind of speechless at this point.”
On Monday, the Eagles signed Brooks to a four-year, $54.2 million deal that includes $30 million guaranteed. By signing along the dotted line, Brooks becomes the highest-paid guard in the NFL.
While playing in Philadelphia’s Divisional Round Game against the New Orleans Saints, Brooks tore his Achilles. After spending countless hours in rehab, the veteran guard was able to be back on the field on September 8th to kick off the season versus the Washington Redskins.
This season, Brooks has been arguably the best guard in the NFL for the Eagles. According to Pro Football Focus, the two-time Pro Bowler has allowed only zero sacks on 618 offensive snaps played. He’s also only had one penalty called on him throughout the entire season thus far.
As a result, PFF has given Brooks a 93.4 overall grade (best among guards in the NFL). Without a doubt, Brooks has earned every single penny of his new contract extension with the Eagles.