With the regular season about the commence, the Miami Dolphins have a number of players who may be entering the final season with the team, which can sometimes be a distraction for the player.
Luckily, before the season began, the Dolphins agreed to a three-year extension with fullback Alec Ingold that will make him the highest-paid player at his position in the AFC.
Not long after the extension was agreed to, Ingold met with the media and shared his thoughts on his new deal.
“I’m good, I’m excited,” Ingold said. “Today is one of those days where you don’t really know how it happens, why it happens, but it kind of all happens at once at the same time. I’m extremely humbled, a lot of people to thank. You have just an absolute attitude of gratitude for this whole organization to trust you. I feel like that’s the biggest thing is whenever you can get your trust from teammates, players and organization, the people you go to work with every day, that’s the biggest seal on anything, stamp of approval. So yeah, man, I’m excited to be here. You guys are stuck with me four more years, stuck with some fullbacks. It’ll be good.”
Ingold is a believer in respect, but the money won’t change who he is and how he works.
“Labels, dollar amounts, values that other people can put on you, I don’t think in the slightest that impacts the way I show up to work and the way I do my job,” Ingold said. “I’m a process-oriented guy, so no matter what the salary is, no matter what the signing bonus is, you’re going to get the best out of me, because that’s the human being that I am. Now do I get that financial stability in the place that I get to put my all into and a community that I get to be a part of for four more years? Heck, yeah.
“So I’m going to go all in, even that much more, because there’s not one foot out the door. There’s no other thoughts besides being a Dolphin. I think whatever title or tag or circumstance that you can throw on a highest-paid this or highest-paid that, it can’t impact the process and the way you show up to work.”
Miami’s locker room has some strong leaders in it, and they’ve done a good job of making sure one of their best is locked up for the foreseeable future. Now, he’ll just need to help the team reach the postseason again and win their first playoff contest in over two decades.