Star tight end Darren Waller has agreed to a three-year contract extension with the Las Vegas Raiders.
Bargaining agent Drew Rosenhaus said the two sides reached an agreement on Saturday that will add $51 million to Waller’s existing contract. According to the pact that was in place, Waller was to receive approximately $7 million in each of the next two seasons.
Under the renegotiated deal, Waller will earn an average salary of just over $13 million per campaign through the end of the 2026 season.
“Darren Waller is an exemplary teammate in every way, and we are excited to know that he will continue to grow as a leader on this team,” head coach Josh McDaniels said in a statement.
« Darren is a player known for his dedication and work ethic, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to see him join the Raiders family for many more seasons, » McDaniels also said.
Waller, who will celebrate his 30th birthday next week, had two more years left on the contract he signed during the 2019 season, when he emerged from anonymity.
Waller was hoping to negotiate a new deal and hired Rosenhaus as an agent last week, hoping to speed up the process.
The two sides managed to find common ground on the eve of the Raiders’ opener against the Los Angeles Chargers.
Waller is the fourth key Raiders player to be given a generous contract extension in the past six months by the new regime, led by head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler.
Defensive end Maxx Crosby, quarterback Derek Carr and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow are the others.
Since becoming a starter in 2019, Waller ranks second in the NFL among tight ends with 252 catches for 3,006 yards. In these two categories, he is second only to Travis Kelce, of the Kansas City Chiefs.
Waller also tied for fifth with 14 touchdowns caught in the last three seasons.
Last season, Waller was limited to 11 games after struggling with ankle and knee injuries. He caught 55 passes for 665 yards and two touchdowns.
The Raiders are counting on Waller to be part of a dynamic aerial offense that includes, in addition to Carr and Renfrow, star receiver Davante Adams, formerly of the Green Bay Packers.