Darren Waller on Contract Extension Talks: Whatever Happens, I'm Playing

By: The Trend Wire

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The star of the Las Vegas Raiders, Darren Waller, has no intention of letting contract talks influence whether or not he will play in the upcoming campaign.

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Waller told reporters on Saturday that "whatever happens" with his contract negotiations, he will continue to play.

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Even though Waller, 29, has two years and $12.5 million in base pay left on his contract, he has more than lived up to it.

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With an average annual compensation of $7.5 million, Waller is paid 17th among tight ends, according to Spotrac. His contract's $29.8 million total value ranks 12th.

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Waller stated in May on the Ross Tucker Football Podcast that his agent has discussed an extension with the Raiders (h/t Charean Williams of Pro Football Talk):

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"I know I understand it, but if I dwell on it too much, it might interfere with my career, my efforts to learn a new system, and my efforts to raise and properly care for my body.

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I try to concentrate on such matters and leave the rest to my agency. When decisions must be made, they must be made."

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The San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle is the highest-paid tight end in terms of both total compensation ($75 million) and average yearly compensation ($15 million).

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There are just three other tight ends who make at least $14 million annually, and they are Mark Andrews, Dallas Goedert, and Travis Kelce.

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Waller has 3,006 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns in 43 games over the last three seasons.

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Since the beginning of 2019, only he and Kelce have had multiple seasons with 1,000 or more yards.

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After acquiring Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers in March, the Raiders gave him a five-year, $141.3 million contract.

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The addition of him, along with Waller and Hunter Renfrow, raises the team's expectations for this season.

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Although Waller's performance merits an extension, the Raiders should rest easy knowing that it doesn't appear that he will put up a fight if discussions break up at this time.