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November 28, 2019

Eagles sign K Jake Elliott to contract extension

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Jake Elliott

The Philadelphia Eagles announced at roughly 6:00 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving that they signed kicker Jake Elliott to a five-year contract extension. Adam Caplan has the initial money details:

As Caplan notes, Elliott has not missed any of his 14 field goal attempts this season, though he has missed a couple of PATs. Elliott was playing on an exclusive rights free agent tender in 2019, and he counted for a mere $645,000 on the salary cap. If Elliott's new average per year is indeed $4.2 million, it will be the sixth-highest in the NFL, per OverTheCap.

In his rookie season with the Eagles in 2017, Elliott made 26 of 31 field goals, including a 61-yarder to beat the Giants at the end of regulation in Week 3. It was something of an oddball season as a kicker, as he was money on the long kicks, but was shaky on the short ones. In 2018, Elliott was once again 26 of 31, but his misses were more normal, as they were generally of the long kick variety. A look at his first three seasons in the league:

 Jake Elliott20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ XPM-XPA 
 20175-5 4-7 12-13 5-6 39-42 
 20187-7 10-11 7-8 2-5 33-35 
 20196-6 4-4 3-3 1-1 21-23 
 TOTAL18-18 18-22 22-24 8-12  

In his three seasons in the NFL, Elliott is 66 of 76 overall which is a 86.8 percent clip. That's good for fifth all-time among kickers with at least 50 field goal attempts.

Where Elliott has stood out in his Eagles' career so far, however, is that he has ice water in his veins in clutch situations. In the Eagles' Super Bowl season of 2017 alone, he did the following:

• He made the aforementioned game-winning 61-yard field goal against the Giants. 

• In the Super Bowl, he hit an underrated 46-yarder with just over a minute to play to extend the Eagles' lead to eight points. Would the Eagles have won the Super Bowl if he doesn't make that kick?

• He was 4/4, hitting from 45, 40, 53, and 47 against the Chargers in a game the Eagles only won by two points.

• He was 2/2, hitting from 50 and 48 in a close game against the Panthers.

• He was 3/3 against the Rams, including a pair of fourth quarter kicks. That game was way closer than the 43-35 score would indicate, as the Eagles got a defensive touchdown with no time left on the clock.

On kickoffs, Elliott can reliably it through the back of the end zone when asked, and is also good at hitting popups that land just shy of the goal line.

Elliott is still only 24 years old, and it made sense to lock him up long-term, given the struggles of other teams around the league that have had trouble finding a reliable kicker.

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