Dallas Goedert will be the No. 1 tight end for the Philadelphia Eagles for a long time. Philadelphia announced a four-year contract extension with Goedert Friday, months before the 2018 second-round draft pick was set to hit free agency.
NFL Network reported Goedert's deal was for $57 million, $35 million of which was guaranteed. The deal, which keeps Goedert in Philadelphia until the 2025 season, makes Goedert the third-highest average paid tight end in football (average $14.25 million), while the $35 million guarantee also is the third-highest guaranteed money given to a tight end.
A key piece of the Eagles offense, Goedert became the No. 1 tight end in Philadelphia once the Eagles dealt free agent-to-be Zach Ertz after the conclusion of their Week 6 matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Goedert has emerged as one of the best tight ends in the game since, ranking tied for sixth amongst NFL tight ends in receptions (14), third in yards (213), and second in yards per catch (14.25).
Goedert wanted a contract extension done with the Eagles since the offseason, but talks hit a snag in September. While the tight end was discouraged an extension won't be done by the start of the season, the Eagles made sure they remained committed toward making Goedert a key piece of their future.
"We've got a ton of faith in Dallas to be the guy and to get more reps," Eagles head coach Nick Sirianni said on Goedert following the Zach Ertz trade last month. "And we feel like we're in a really good spot with Dallas getting all the reps and getting all the targets, that he'll continue to ascend and to be the player we anticipate he'll be."
Goedert has 29 catches for 429 yards and two touchdowns this season, averaging 14.8 yards per catch. He's eighth amongst tight ends in receiving yards and second in yards per catch (minimum 30 targets).
The Eagles knew what they had in Goedert, and signaled they wanted to get a deal done sooner rather than later.
"We have expectations of Dallas," Eagles general manager Howie Roseman said last month. "We've seen it, but he's never really had the opportunity to go out there and just be the guy and play 80 percent....We have high expectations. This isn't something, like, we have to see a certain number of things before we know.
"I think we know in Dallas who he is, but at the same time, he's got to take that, and he's got to take that baton and run with it."
Goedert certainly did -- and he's one of the highest paid tight ends in football as a result.