Las Vegas Raiders, TE Darren Waller comply with 3-year extension

Tight finish Darren Waller and the Las Vegas Raiders have reached settlement on a three-year contract extension with $51 million in new cash.

“This was one of the most challenging negotiations I’ve encountered,” stated Waller’s agent Drew Rosenhaus. “It is very rare for a 30-year-old player with two years left on his contract to get a new deal.”

Waller is now contractually tied to the Raiders for 5 years and $66.25 million. He had two years left on the four-year, $29.8 million extension he signed in 2019 however had no assured cash remaining. Waller was set to earn $7 million in every of the subsequent two seasons.

“Darren Waller is an exemplary teammate in every way, and we’re excited to see him continue to grow as a leader on this team,” Raiders coach Josh McDaniels stated through a press release Saturday. “Darren brings a tremendous commitment and work ethic to the building every day and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he will be a part of the Raiders Family for years to come.”

Waller, who turns 30 on Tuesday, emerged as a premier tight finish in 2019, when he had 90 catches for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns. He adopted that up in 2020 with 107 catches, 1,196 yards and 11 touchdowns. Since turning into a starter in 2019, Waller ranks second within the NFL amongst all tight ends in catches and yards, trailing solely Kansas Metropolis’s Travis Kelce in each classes.

Waller was restricted to 11 video games final season as a consequence of accidents to an ankle, his left knee and his again, plus a constructive take a look at for COVID-19. He missed most of coaching camp due to an undisclosed damage. He returned to observe as soon as on Aug. 17 however has been sidelined once more since then with a hamstring damage, though he’s thought-about able to go for the group’s Week 1 showdown towards the Los Angeles Chargers.

The brand new deal comes after Waller signed with Drew Rosenhaus and Robert Bailey on Wednesday after reducing ties with Klutch Sports activities as his illustration.

Data from ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez was used on this report.