Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that Jakeem Grant has signed a long-term extension with the Miami Dolphins. Earlier in the evening, Adam Beasley of the Miami Herald reported that he was nearing a four-year contract extension with the team. Grant, who was drafted out of Texas Tech in the sixth round in the 2016 NFL Draft, has only racked up 34 receptions for 471 yards and four touchdowns. However, he has immense potential and that’s what the Dolphins will be paying for.
NEWS: Source indicates that the Dolphins and Jakeem Grant are close to a 4-year contract extension that keeps him in Miami through 2023. pic.twitter.com/DFhVktm2lD
— Adam Beasley (@AdamHBeasley) August 21, 2019
On Wednesday, Rapoport said the extension will be worth up to $24 million, which means he’ll get $6 million per year. This is quite a nice bump compared to the $720,000 in base salary he was set to make this season.
Grant was set to enter the final year of his rookie contract and would have hit the free-agent market in March without a new deal. The Dolphins getting a deal done now before the season starts is a change in past practice, where they’d often let guys play out their contract, only to lose them in free agency. They saw this happen to them with the likes of Lamar Miller, Ja’Wuan James, and to an extent, Jarvis Landry.
While Landry was franchised and then traded to the Cleveland Browns, the Dolphins had plenty of time to sign him to an extension, but waited until the final few months to make their best offer. A fallout ensued, and Landry was soon shipped off to Cleveland by former head coach Adam Gase.
Grant hasn’t played in a Dolphins preseason game thus far as he recovers from a calf injury he sustained last season, along with a hamstring injury suffered in camp.
The Dolphins depth chart at the wide receiver position is crowded, and Grant may not even crack the top three with DeVante Parker, Kenny Stills, and Albert Wilson all ahead of him. Then when you factor in Preston Williams, you see just how much the Dolphins value a guy like Grant. Based on this extension, and based on the crowded depth chart, it’s clear that offensive coordinator Chad O’Shea has a plan for Jakeem Grant and is going to use him in a variety of ways this coming season.
Don’t forget – he’s also a valuable piece on special teams.
O’Shea, who came from the New England Patriots, has seen first-hand how creativity with players and putting them in niche roles can help a team win games. You can bet that this is exactly what they have planned for Grant in 2019.