Late last week, Miami Dolphins linebacker Jerome Baker met with the South Florida media to talk about the upcoming 2021 NFL season. He answered an array of questions and even shed some light on his current contract negotiations—which he laughed off before saying he’d love to spend the rest of his career in Miami.
Oh, yeah. I want to play here for the rest of my career. I love it here. I love the fans. I love the organization. I love everybody here. Yeah, I definitely see myself playing here for a long time. Do you see the hat? Do you see the hat?”
Well, Chris Grier and the Miami Dolphins were clearly listening, as the two sides agreed earlier today to a three-year contract extension worth $39-million.
Here are the full details per Adam Schefter.
Linebacker Jerome Baker and the Miami Dolphins have agreed on a three-year contract extension worth $39 million, including $28.4 million guaranteed, his agent @DrewJRosenhaus tells ESPN.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 13, 2021
Jerome Baker, 24, was drafted in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft (73rd overall). During his three seasons with the Dolphins, Baker started 37 of 48 games recording 317 total tackles, 11.5 sacks, 2 interceptions, 4 forced fumbles, and two touchdowns.
In 2020, Baker took the next step in his development and began to show a different dynamic as a pass-rusher. He continues to be one of Miami’s longest-tenured players and vocal leaders on defense.
With Jerome Baker now under contract, the Dolphins can focus their attention to new deals for star cornerback Xavien Howard, Andrew Van Ginkel, and Emmanuel Ogbah.
I’m excited to see what the future holds for Jerome Baker in Miami.
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