Jaylen Waddle Contract Extension: Inside the Miami Dolphins WR’s Big Payday

Miami Dolphins WR Jaylen Waddle just got a massive payday. Here is everything you need to know about his contract extension.

Jaylen Waddle beat Tua Tagovailoa to the finish line in the race for Miami Dolphins contract extensions.

Pro Football Network can confirm that Waddle on Thursday agreed to an extension through 2028 that ESPN reports will pay him $84.5 million in new money. He was already under contract through 2025 for $20 million total, meaning his true AAV over the next five seasons is roughly $21 million.

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This is good value for both sides. Waddle gets an additional $76 million guaranteed just three years into his rookie deal, and the Dolphins lock down one of the league’s best young receivers through his prime.

“I couldn’t be more happier,” Tyreek Hill wrote on Twitter after news of the deal broke.

Added cornerback Jalen Ramsey: “YEAHHHHH DUB! Get that munyun! BIG YEAR loading!”

Waddle, 25, has more receiving yards in his first three seasons (3,385) than any Miami Dolphins player ever.

Even with the arrival of Tyreek Hill in 2022, he has 147 catches for 2,370 yards and 12 touchdowns in his last two seasons.

Waddle’s been one of Chris Grier’s best draft picks ever, living up to his high draft billing. He went sixth overall in 2021.

Waddle’s deal likely doesn’t much hurt the team’s 2024 salary cap situation. As of Thursday morning, they had just $2.6 million in available cap space, per the NFLPA’s daily report. But another $18.5 million will free up this weekend when Xavien Howard’s deal comes off the books.

Plus, Waddle was already costing the Dolphins $8.6 million in cap charges this year and $15.6 million next.

Per Pro Football Talk, Waddle got an $18.9 million signing bonus, and will earn the following in base salaries over the next five years: $1.1 million in 2024, $16.1 million in 2025, $16.6 million in 2026, $23.4 million in 2027, and $25.8 million in 2028.

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Waddle also can earn up to earn roughly $3 million more in roster and workout bonuses over the next five years. According to Over The Cap, Waddle’s cap charges the next five years are: $9.1 million in 2024, $19.9 million in 2025, $21 million in 2026, $27.8 million in 2027, and $31.1 million in 2028.

Waddle’s deal comes just weeks after his friend and former college teammate DeVonta Smith agreed to a three-year extension of his own. Waddle’s extension — assuming the reported details are accurate — includes $12 million in more money over the next five seasons.

The Waddle deal continues the team’s vision to compete in the present and build a bridge to the future.

Another big step in that process?

Ironing out extensions with Tagovailoa and Jevon Holland, who, unlike Waddle, are in contract years. Tagovailoa’s agent and the Dolphins have for months been talking about a long-term deal, but apparently, there’s some daylight between each side’s position.

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Tagovailoa’s expected market value is in excess of $50 million annually, although the biggest sticking point is likely guaranteed money.

Tagovailoa and Holland have both attended Dolphins voluntary OTAs, while Waddle has been notable in his absence. The entire team is scheduled to be together next week for mandatory minicamps.

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