Raiders news: Darren Waller gets contract extension
Darren Waller’s patience has paid off and now he’s the latest key member of the Las Vegas Raiders to get a contract extension this year.
According to multiple reports, Waller and the team have agreed to a new three-year, $51 million contract, making the star one of the highest-paid tight ends in the NFL.
Breakup: Pro-Bowl TE Darren Waller and the Raiders reached an agreement today on a three-year contract extension with $51 million in new money. “It was one of the toughest negotiations I’ve encountered,” Walker’s agent Drew Rosenhaus said. pic.twitter.com/PTuihalDd3
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 10, 2022
Waller was previously playing on a four-year, $29 million contract, which was gross underpayment. The former Raiders regime gave Waller the contract in 2019 when he was a star after signing from Baltimore Ravenstraining squad the previous year. But Waller continued his remarkable professional and personal comeback (he overcame drug addiction) and outperformed his Raider contract. Waller was expected to become a free agent after next season.
Now he is paid fairly. Although, he admitted, he would like a raise, Waller made it clear that he would not hold out and would be patient until a new contract was finalized. He’s changed agents twice in the past year, most recently going with famed Drew Rosenhaus.
Waller joins quarterback Derek Carr, pass-rusher Maxx Crosby, slots catcher Hunter Renfrow and new additions catcher Davante Adams and pass-rusher Chandler Jones as Las Vegas players who have signed new big business this year.
Maybe linebacker Denzel Perryman is next. He will be a free agent after the season and there have been reports of their mutual interest in a new deal between him and the team.