Nearly four years after suffering a nearly career-ending ACL injury, former Eagles running back Jay Ajayi has finally received his insurance payout.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport On Tuesday morning, Ajayi “received a settlement for his $5 million impairment insurance policy.”
Rapoport in 2018, following Ajayi’s ACL tear which ended his 2018 season early, reported that Ajayi had taken out an impairment insurance policy as he entered the final year of his rookie contract. It turned out to be a wise decision.
Ajayi, who had long-term knee issues, tore his ACL in October 2018, shortly after helping the Eagles win their first-ever Super Bowl championship to cap the 2017 season.
While Ajayi rehabilitated and played in the NFL again, he was never the same again. In 2019, he played just three games for the Eagles, but had just 30 yards on 10 carries; he had nothing left.
While it’s unclear how much of that $5 million policy Ajayi received in the settlement, it’s worth noting that Ajayi never signed the big second contract that so many NFL players yearn for. .
Ajayi was a fifth-round pick and his career earnings, according to OverTheCap, were just under $4 million. That’s a lot of money, but it’s a fraction of the money Ajayi would have earned with healthy knees. After all, Ajayi was a Pro Bowler in 2016 (he had over 1,200 rushing yards) and after being traded to the Eagles in 2017, he averaged 5.8 yards per carry that season.
The Eagles traded for Ajayi before the deadline in 2017, shipping a 2018 fourth-round pick to Miami for the former Pro Bowler. During that streak in the 2017 season, Ajayi had 70 carries for 408 yards (5.8) and scored a touchdown in his first game for the Birds. In the playoffs that year, Ajayi rushed for 184 yards on 42 carries (4.4) and caught 6 passes for 70 yards.
He was the final piece added to the most unforgettable Eagles team in franchise history.
Ajayi, 28, officially retired from the NFL in January and was honored by the Eagles ahead of their regular season finale in 2021. While he played a total of 17 significant games with the Eagles, he left A brand.
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