Raiders TE Darren Waller Signs Extension on Eve of Week 1

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Raiders TE Darren Waller has reached an agreement on a three-year, $51 million contract extension that averages out to $13.25 million, making him the 7th highest-paid tight end in the league. Waller, 29, recently changed agents in hopes of making more progress in extension talks, and it appears the change was crucial to Waller securing his contract before the Raiders’ season begins tomorrow against the Chargers in Los Angeles.

Waller missed significant practice time during training camp due to a reported hamstring injury, and given that Waller was one of the more underpaid veterans in the NFL in relation to his talent level, some speculated that Waller was “holding-in” for a new contract. Whatever the case may be, Darren Waller and the Raiders got the extension done.

Waller has 270 career catches for 3,184 yards and 16 touchdowns. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2020 after a year in which he set career highs in catches, yards and touchdowns. His 107 catches on the season remains a Raiders record.

The Raiders now have long-term contracts in place with QB Derek Carr, DE Maxx Crosby, WR Davante Adams and WR Hunter Renfrow to go along with Waller’s big-time deal. The foreseeable future of the Raiders’ passing offense is crystal clear at this point. General manager Dave Ziegler and head coach Josh McDaniels can now focus on continuing to build the offensive line and running game when it comes to the offensive side of the football.

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