One among the sport’s greatest safeties is at final getting paid fancy one.
The Tennessee Titans have agreed to terms with safety Kevin Byard on a 5-year, $70.5 million extension with $31 million in ensures, a offer advised NFL Community Insider Ian Rapoport. The personnel supplied it reached a multiyear address Byard later Wednesday evening.
The contemporary deal makes Byard the very supreme-paid safety in the league in moderate annual payment ($14.1M), passing Redskins safety Landon Collins and Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu ($14M), each and each of whom signed this offseason.
Entering his age-26 season, Byard has hasty made a title for himself as undoubtedly one of the league’s rising defensive backs. Tennessee chosen him in the third spherical of the 2016 draft out of Center Tennessee Instruct, and Byard began seven games out of the gate. His stellar 2017 season, for the length of which he corralled a league-excessive eight picks, earned him a Skilled Bowl appearance and a essential-personnel All-Skilled nod.
Byard hasn’t passed over a single game in his total expert occupation and has 224 tackles, 12 picks, 28 passes defensed and three sacks to his title.
In Tennessee, Byard is portion of a younger, rising nucleus on protection that parts a aggregate of homegrown talent (Jurrell Casey, Harold Landry, Rashaan Evans, Adoree’ Jackson) and stellar acquisitions (Kenny Vaccaro, Malcolm Butler, Logan Ryan, Cameron Wake).
With the safety now locked up through 2024, Mike Vrabel has a leader on his aspect of the ball to shepherd Tennessee into the following decade.