Atlanta Falcons make Chris Lindstrom the highest-paid guard in NFL HISTORY as he signs a $105m contract extension for five-years with $63m guaranteed
Offensive guard Chris Lindstrom has signed a five-year, $105million contract extension to stay with the Atlanta Falcons, the team announced on Monday.
Lindstrom, the No. 14 overall pick from the 2019 NFL Draft out of Boston College, was named to his first Pro-Bowl and his first All-Pro list in the 2022 season.
The five year extension will see Lindstrom become the first guard to receive a contract over $100m in NFL history.
His cap hit at an average annual value of $21m per year surpasses Indianapolis Colts guard Quenton Nelson’s $20m cap hit.
This comes just minutes after it was announced the Falcons were acquiring tight end Jonnu Smith from the New England Patriots in exchange for a seventh-round draft pick.
The Atlanta Falcons have signed guard Chris Lindstrom to a five-year, $105m extension
The Boston College product is now the highest paid guard in NFL history at a $21m cap hit
Lindstrom was named to his first Pro-Bowl and his first All-Pro team in a great 2022 campaign
Last season, the fourth-year guard was part of a unit that finished twelfth best in sacks allowed – giving up only 37 all season.
This all came while the Falcons were rotating between quarterbacks Marcus Mariota and rookie Desmond Ridder.
The team also had the third most rushing yards of any squad in the NFL last year – averaging 159.9 yards per game (just 0.1 behind the second-place Baltimore Ravens) as rookie RB Tyler Allgeier broke 1,000 yards in his first NFL season.
However, the Falcons weren’t able to turn that into a successful season. They finished with a 7-10 record in a dismal NFC South division.