The Tennessee Titans made safety Kevin Byard the richest safety in the NFL Wednesday night, agreeing to a five-year extension worth $70 million, per a league source.
The deal contains $31 million in guarantees to match Byard’s jersey.
The announcement of the deal came just hours after the Titans received bad news that starting left tackle Taylor Lewan is facing a four-game suspension for testing positive for a banned supplement.
Byard, who made the Pro Bowl in 2017, was a third-round pick of the Titans out of nearby Middle Tennessee in 2016 and has become one of the top safeties in the NFL during his first three seaosns. Byard intercepted eight passes as a second-year player in 2017 and had four more picks last season.
For his career, Byard has 28 passes defensed and has 228 career tackles.
Byard last season teamed with Kenny Vaccaro to form a solid safety tandem. The Titans earlier in the off-season re-signed Byard to keep the duo intact.
Byard had said all during the off-season that his focus was on continuing to work hard and help the Titans on the field and that he would let his agent handle negotiations with his contract.
Byard, 25, has also emerged as one of the vocal leaders of the locker room and a face of the franchise during his time in Tennessee.