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Eagles, Jake Elliott agree to terms on a 4-year contract extension

Jake Elliott
Jake Elliott

Four more years for No. 4, who is coming off a career season.

It's a "special" week for the Eagles, indeed.

Just one day after agreeing to contract extensions with long snapper Rick Lovato and punter Braden Mann, the Eagles and All-Pro kicker Jake Elliott teamed up on a four-year extension through the 2028 season.

"It's been awesome. I can't say enough good things about those guys and how easy they make my job. I mean, there's never a doubt in my mind that this thing's not going to be exactly where it needs to be, exactly when it needs to be there," Elliott said of Lovato and Mann during the season. "To think that we didn't start together, the operation kind of took care of itself and everything's been super smooth ever since Braden showed up in Week 3. It was a quick transition. Clicked pretty fast. It makes my job really comfortable back there."

The 29-year-old Elliott is coming off the best of his seven NFL seasons, all with the Eagles.

He earned All-Pro honors for the first time – he was a Pro Bowl selection in 2021 – after setting the franchise's all-time record (this is a copy and paste phrase with Elliott) for single-season field goal percentage (93.8, 30-of-32) and field goals of 50-plus yards (7), while also besting his previous single-season mark for points (135). He finished the season, including playoffs, having made 15 consecutive field goals.

As a rookie in 2017, Elliott was drafted by Cincinnati in the fifth round, started the regular season on the Bengals' practice squad, and joined the Eagles' active roster in Week 2 after Caleb Sturgis was injured. In his Lincoln Financial Field debut, Elliott set the franchise record with a walk-off 61-yard field goal to beat the Giants, a victory that sparked a nine-game win streak. He then kicked the longest playoff field goal in Eagles history (53 yards) to help beat Atlanta in the Divisional Round, and broke the NFL all-time rookie record for longest Super Bowl field goal (46 yards) in the championship win over the Patriots.

Since that spectacular rookie season, Elliott has refused to settle. This past year, in addition to his statistical accolades, Elliott was named NFC Special Teams Player of the Week three times. He tied his franchise-long 61-yard field goal in the Week 2 home opener against Minnesota. He nailed the longest OT-winning kick in Eagles history, a 54-yarder, to beat Washington. And, in his most clutch performance in a sea of them, Elliott crushed a game-tying 59-yard field goal in driving rain to force overtime against Buffalo, a game eventually won on a Jalen Hurts touchdown run.

"I like it when moments are bigger," Elliott said this past season. "I don't necessarily think it changes anything mentally for me, but I do enjoy those moments. I think you kind of have to as a specialist in order to stay sane and competitive in this league."

The Eagles recognized Elliott's excellence – he's second in Eagles history in field goals (168), third in points (775), and he's not missed one field goal attempt in the playoffs (16) – and ensured that he'll be around to fortify one of the league's best special teams operations for years to come.

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