It took until the last day before the start of the Raiders’ regular season, but the team’s star players are all under contract after tight end Darren Waller signed a new contract on Saturday.
The official Raiders Twitter account captured the moment Waller signed on the dotted line, providing video of Waller expressing his love for the team, the city of Las Vegas and the Raiders fan base.
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“Grateful to be here, grateful to be part of this team, this organization, for a long time,” Waller said in the Raiders video. “Raider Nation, I’m going to stay here much longer. You have all stayed with me for a few years now. I am delighted to be here. I like the city. I love the fan base. I love the team. (I will) always give everything I have. Try to be the best version of me that I can every day, not just for me but for all of you.
Waller also acknowledged the ups and downs of his career so far, alluding to his high-profile battle with addiction. To put an exclamation mark on that sentiment, Waller wore a Sprouts Farmers Market shirt while signing his contract. This is where he worked when he was suspended from the NFL.
That moment is even cooler when you realize he’s wearing a Sprouts Farmers Market shirt — it’s where he worked stockpiling post-rehab produce during the year he was suspended from the NFL. https://t.co/c6zOScely8
— Levi Edwards (@theleviedwards) September 10, 2022
Of course, Waller has been on an upward trend during his career with the Raiders, and his new contract is the latest boost to his legacy in Las Vegas. The deal is worth a guaranteed $19.25 million, according to NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, which represents a $10 million increase for Waller over the next two years.
That’s a roughly $10 million increase over two years for Waller, whose old contract was still two years old. In exchange, the #Raiders locking in his bounty on what amounts to a series of team options through 2026.
He can also earn a $250,000 Pro Bowl incentive each year.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) September 10, 2022
The new Raiders regime, led by coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler, had already spent a lot of money on new contracts this offseason, and although it took longer to close the deal for Waller, Las Vegas would have been foolish not to come to a deal with one of the NFL’s best tight ends.
Now that the deal is done, all that’s left to do is dominate on the grill. Quarterback Derek Carr and a host of talented players, including Waller and wide receivers Davante Adams and Hunter Renfrow, will lead the way, as they all look to cement their position in Las Vegas by building on the appearance in the playoffs last season.