The Las Vegas Raiders have gotten a jump on their expiring contracts as the extended both of their vital kicking specialists on Thursday. Punter AJ Cole and kicker Daniel Carlson have both signed new contracts ahead of Week 14.
Daniel Carlson was drafted in the fifth round of the 2018 draft by the Minnesota Vikings. After two games in Minnesota, he was released and signed by the Raiders. Carlson is now in his fourth season.
In 2020, Carlson was tied for the league lead in points scored. This season, he is 27/30 on field goals and 23/25 in extra points. Carlson has been the AFC Special Teams Player of the week four times in his career, and twice this season so far.
Carlson and the Raiders agreed to a four-year, $18.4 million contract with $10.2 million guaranteed.
“Humbled and honored to sign with this great organization,” Carlson said on Twitter on Thursday. “Excited to continue on this journey with some great teammates and friends. God is good!!”
Carlson is now locked up through the 2025 season.
Punter AJ Cole has also far surpassed expectations this year. He is the league leader in average yards per punt with a 51.1 average. Cole signed with the Raiders as an undrafted free agent in 2019. He attended rookie mini-camp as a tryout and the rest was history.
Cole’s contract extension is worth $12.4 million with $5.9 million guaranteed, per ESPN. His contract is also through the 2025 season.
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