Titans sign S Kevin Byard to record-breaking $70 million extension

By Vincent Frank

The Tennessee Titans are taking care of one of their best players ahead of training camp.

NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport reports that Tennessee has signed All-Pro safety Kevin Byard to a five-year, $70.5 million extension.

It makes Byard the highest-paid safety in NFL history, besting the contract Landon Collins signed with the Washington Redskins back in March.

Byard, 25, has more than earned this pay day. The former third-round pick has morphed into one of the best safeties in the game.

He earned Pro Bowl and All-Pro honors in 2017, racking up 87 tackles, 16 passes defended and a league-high eight interceptions in the process.

While Byard’s numbers were not nearly as good last season, he remained a difference-maker in Tennessee’s defensive backfield. He’ll now be paid like it moving forward.