Las Vegas Raiders working on extending Waller’s contract

The Las Vegas Raiders are currently in contract negotiations to extend their Pro Bowl tight end Darren Waller.

Waller confirmed the negotiations on the Ross Tucker podcast last week when talking about tight NFL salaries.

“My agent is working on it, I understand that, but I know that if I focus too much on it, it could take me away from my job and learn a new system and keep trying to uplift and take care of my body. in the right way. I try to focus on those things and let my agent deal with them. When decisions have to be made, decisions have to be made,” Waller said during the podcast.

Contract negotiations can be a distraction on both sides of the table, but Waller has kept his side out and allowed his agent to handle the business side, as he takes part in the voluntary offseason programs of the Raiders.

The Raiders tight end has become one of the best tight ends in the league over the past two seasons and has become Derek Carr’s safety cover in the passing game.

Despite being the Raiders’ No. 1 option, Waller is expected to average $7 million in each of the next two seasons, and with no money guaranteed for the remainder of his contract.

His contract extension in 2019 was good at the time, but Waller exceeded team expectations and exceeded his contract.

Waller’s current contract ranks 15th in the NFL at his position, and he ranks 17th in average salary for tight ends, according to Over the Cap.

Last season, despite only playing 11 games due to injury and COVID-19, Waller managed to record 55 receptions for 665 receptions and two touchdowns.

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Frustratingly though, Waller would miss five games all season, starting with an ankle injury in week seven, then a knee injury and testing positive for COVID-19 from week 13 through week 16.

“It was a lot of diversity, it was frustrating, of course, because I felt like I was statistically wise, I was on pace for another 1,000-yard season and I just kept being there. day to day with the team on this journey,” Waller said.

In recent tight overtime, Cleveland Browns tight end David Njoku received a four-year, $56.75 million contract extension with $28 million guaranteed on Friday, making him the fifth-best tight end paid from the league.

During Njoku’s five seasons in the NFL, he recorded 148 receptions for 1,754 yards and 15 touchdowns, while Waller caught 252 receptions for 3,006 yards and 14 touchdowns in just three seasons.

The first five tight contracts cost on average between 14 and 15 million dollars per year.

Hopefully the Raiders will pay Waller in that range.

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