Breaking Down Courtland Sutton's Contract Extension

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This is impressive.

According to multiple reports, the Denver Broncos have reached an agreement on a massive contract extension with wide receiver Courtland Sutton. General manager George Paton has secured the future services of Sutton by rewarding him with a four-year extension worth a whopping $60.8 million, with a healthy $34.9 million in guaranteed money. Jeremy Fowler of ESPN reports Sutton will receive $18 million in the first year and $32.5 million over the next two seasons. The timing is awfully opportune. A former second-round selection out of SMU, Sutton's four-year rookie contract was set to expire at the conclusion of the current campaign.

Sutton burst onto the scene as a rookie, recording an impressive 704 receiving yards as a first-year player. The Brenham, Texas native took a massive step forward as a sophomore, totaling 72 receptions for an astounding 1,112 receiving yards and a career-high six touchdown catches. Disaster struck in 2020, as Sutton was robbed of the opportunity to further develop into one of the best young pass-catchers in the game when he suffered a season-ending knee injury in his first game of the season. 

Sutton has returned from that disastrous injury in a rather magnificent fashion. The 26-year-old receiver has already stockpiled 617 receiving yards throughout the first 10 games of the new year, showcasing his ability to pick up right where he left off as a dominant outside receiver that possesses the ability to "win" against even the most talented of cornerbacks.

Sutton's timely extension represents something bigger than what appears on the surface. This news comes just days after Denver agreed to another notable extension with fellow wide receiver Tim Patrick, whose new contract will keep him in Denver through the 2024 campaign at minimum. With sophomore receiver Jerry Jeudy signed through 2023, and with the fifth-year option available to control his services through 2024, Paton has ensured that their impressive trio of receivers will stay in Denver for the foreseeable future. Beyond keeping good football players in the building, they will be an awfully appealing group to work with as Denver looks to attract an upgrade at the quarterback position this coming offseason.

Heck, even KJ Hamler's rookie contract runs through 2023. The 2022 offseason is expected to deliver chaos in abundance, with quarterback movement aplenty. The Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson rumors refuse to go away, with speculation regarding the latter continuing to ramp up as the Seattle Seahawks' championship window inevitably comes to its close. There’s also Deshaun Watson, who almost certainly won’t play for the Houston Texans in 2022.

Prior to Monday morning, Sutton's contract was the lone elephant-in-the-room for one of the league's deepest groups of receivers. Addressing Sutton's future was essentially the final piece to ensure Paton and the Broncos will make for an extremely intriguing destination should a veteran signal-caller go searching for greener pastures.

Remember this day as one where Paton laid the foundation down for a potentially prosperous future. It will help inevitably lead to something bigger.

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Justin Melo

Staff Writer

Justin Melo is an NFL draft analyst that cut his teeth at The Draft Breakdown and USA Today's Draft Wire. He specializes in interviewing prospects, but also produces big boards, mock drafts, and scouting reports. He also covers the Tennessee Titans nationally for Broadway Sports Media and SB Nation.