Having a reliable kicker is a luxury in the NFL and Philadelphia Eagles are well aware of that. This is why they decided to make sure their kicker Jake Elliott remains with the organization for years to come.
Eagles announced on Wednesday that they have signed Elliott to a five-year extension which will keep him in Philly through 2024. According to NFL Network, the deal is worth $21.8 million overall, with $10.45 million coming in guaranteed.
Elliott was almost without mistake so far in the season, making all of the 14 field-goals he attempted and converting 21 out of 23 extra point attempts.
“At that position in this league, where points are at a premium, it’s a great feeling to know that when you cross the (opponent’s) 35-yard line you are in Jake’s range and he’s going to be accurate and put points on the board,” – said Eagles coach Doug Pederson. “We’re blessed and fortunate to have Jake.”
Jake Elliott entered the NFL as a fifth round pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2017, but ended up being released by the team before the season started. He was picked up by Eagles as a replacement for injured Caleb Sturgis and never looked back.
During his three years in NFL, Elliott made 66 field goals out of 76 attempts for 86.8 percent career success rate. He also made 93 percent of his PAT attempts.
“It’s awesome, man. This is the place where I’ve grown the last couple of years and luckily I’m a part of it and I look forward to being a part of it for a really long time,” – said Elliott after inking the extension. “It’s a great feeling.”