The Miami Dolphins will wait on extensions for quarterback Tua Tagovailoa and defensive tackle Christian Wilkins, but they have worked out a new deal for their starting fullback. Miami has agreed to terms with Alec Ingold on a three-year pact worth up to $17.2 million, as NFL Network reported on Thursday.
Miami Dolphins Extend FB Alec Ingold
Ingold’s new pact has a base value of $12.2 million, according to ESPN. His annual average value ($4.067 million) makes Ingold the NFL’s second-highest-paid fullback, behind the San Francisco 49ers’ Kyle Juszczyk.
Ingold had the league’s third-highest FB salary under the terms of his previous contract with the Dolphins — a two-year, $6.5 million deal that he signed in March 2022. His new accord brings him ahead of the Baltimore Ravens’ Patrick Ricard, who earns $3.75 million per year.
Previously set to enter his contract year, Ingold is now signed through the 2026 campaign.
The #Dolphins and FB Alec Ingold have agreed to terms on a three-year extension worth up to $17.2 million, per source.
Ingold passes Pat Ricard as the AFC’s highest-paid fullback on a deal that ties the versatile weapon and team leader to Miami through 2026. pic.twitter.com/UvHm4QIGcO
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 31, 2023
As a Kyle Shanahan disciple, Dolphins head coach Mike McDaniel has always emphasized fullback usage. Ingold played 418 offensive snaps in 2022, appearing on 40% of Miami’s plays. While he was primarily a blocker, Ingold scored two touchdowns — one rushing, one receiving — last year.
Ingold entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent out of Wisconsin in 2019. He appeared in 41 games for the Las Vegas Raiders before tearing his ACL during the 2021 campaign.
Ingold is the second pending free agent the Dolphins extended this week. On Sunday, Miami agreed to a three-year, $30.8 million deal with defensive tackle Zach Sieler that contained $20 million in guarantees.
However, the Dolphins don’t expect to get new contracts with Tagovailoa or Wilkins before next offseason. Miami has already exercised Tua’s fifth-year option, so they hold his rights through 2024. Wilkins is scheduled to hit the open market next spring, but the Dolphins can use the franchise tag to retain him.
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