Buccaneers sign Antoine Winfield Jr. to $84 million extension: Full details and grade

It has finally happened!
Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Antoine Winfield Jr.
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The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have got the deal over the line. Antoine Winfield Jr. isn't going anywhere.

General manager Jason Licht said he wanted to get a deal done sooner rather than later, and they have made it happen.

It has been the perfect offseason for the Buccaneers. Along with bringing back Baker Mayfield and Mike Evans to big-money extensions, they have now ensured one of the best defensive players in football isn't going anywhere. At 25 years old, the former first-team All-Pro is entering the best years of his career, and Licht made sure he would remain in Tampa Bay.

The Winfield deal has made NFL history.

Full Antoine Winfield Jr. contract details after re-signing with Buccaneers

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Winfield Jr. becomes the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history. He is signing a four-year, $84.1 million extension, with $45 million fully guaranteed.

Winfield Jr. is averaging a little over $21 million per year on this new deal, making him easily the highest-paid safety in the league. For comparison, Derwin James is on $19 million per year. Xavier McKinney and Kyle Dugger landed contracts averaging $16.75 million and $14.5 million annually, respectively. Winfield Jr. deserved more than that.

When you have a superstar like Winfield, it's important to keep them around, no matter what it costs.

Good GMs don't let their best players walk out the door while they are still playing the best football of their career. Licht gets this and made sure to get a deal done sooner rather than later. The Bucs didn't want negotiations dragging out over the summer as the franchise tag deadline neared.

Yes, it's a lot of money, but that's what it takes to keep an All-Pro and the league's best player at the safety position. Winfield Jr. is a core member of this defense, and he isn't going anywhere.

Grade: A+

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