Raiders Rumors: Darren Waller, Denzel Perryman Seeking New Contracts

Joseph Zucker@@JosephZuckerFeatured Columnist IVJuly 20, 2022

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - JANUARY 09:  Tight end Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 35-32 in overtime.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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The Las Vegas Raiders handed out big contracts to Derek Carr and Davante Adams this offseason, and now Darren Waller and Denzel Perryman reportedly believe it's their turn to get paid.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Waller and Perryman arrived at training camp Wednesday and are hopeful of getting new deals with the team.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

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In addition to Carr and Adams, the Raiders tied down Maxx Crosby and Hunter Renfrow to lucrative extensions. While he's still signed for two more years, Waller is naturally the next player in line to cash in handsomely.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported there doesn't appear to be any friction right now since "Waller and Raiders appear all-in on 2022 offensive production":

Jeremy Fowler @JFowlerESPN

TE Darren Waller reported to training camp today, per sources β€” which isn’t a surprise, but with two years of non-guaranteed money left on his contract, his deal is worth watching. No holdout necessary, though. Waller and Raiders appear all-in on 2022 offensive production.

Over the past three seasons, the 29-year-old has caught 252 passes for 3,006 yards and 14 touchdowns. He ranks second among tight ends in receptions and receiving yards during that span, per Stathead.

A desire to get more long-term financial security now is understandable, but a big 2022 season could mean Waller approaches George Kittle ($15 million) and Travis Kelce ($14.3 million) as one of the highest-paid tight ends in the league.

Perryman doesn't have that kind of track record, which gives him a stronger incentive to get paid now rather than wait.

The 2015 second-round pick had 154 tackles and five tackles for loss en route to earning his first Pro Bowl nod in 2021. His $3 million overall earnings for 2022 look like a massive bargain.

Perryman deflected questions Wednesday about a new contract.

"I knew that was coming," he told reporters. "That's why I'm sweating. ... My agent Ron Butler is handling that. I just want to play football.

General manager Dave Ziegler has done well to reward the Raiders' best players so far, but the nature of the salary cap means accommodating everybody can be impossible. When it comes to Waller and/or Perryman, Ziegler might have to make a difficult decision.