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Four former Alabama wide receivers got paid this offseason

Jaylen Waddle (#17) catches TD pass for Miami Dolphins in 2021 regular season finale versus Patriots
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The University of Alabama football program earned another reason to be called “Wide Receiver U.”

Kalen DeBoer, the Crimson Tide’s new head coach, has a massive recruiting tool to get more receivers.

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According to a graphic from the Next Round Show, Jaylen Waddle, DeVonta Smith, Calvin Ridley, and Jerry Jeudy signed contract extensions this offseason. Waddle, a former first-round pick by the Miami Dolphins, became one of the highest-paid receivers in the National Football League with a three-year, $84.75 million deal that included $76 million guaranteed. 

Waddle pockets $28 million a year. Smith, the 2020 Heisman Trophy winner, gets $25 million a year from the Philadelphia Eagles while Ridley is at $23 million a year from the Tennessee Titans. Jeudy has a cool $17.5 million a year from the Cleveland Browns.

All four receivers won at least one CFP National Championship at Alabama. Ridley earned two in 2015 and 2017.

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 15 years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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