The former Eastern Michigan standout joined last season’s Second-Team All-Pro by setting personal bests in solo tackles (36) and assisted tackles (20).
He also finished the 2021 regular season with eight sacks and seven passes defended.
In the playoffs, he had six tackles and a sack against the Cincinnati Bengals.
Undoubtedly, Crosby’s production makes him worth more than the $850,000 base salary he earned last season.
He is still under contract with the Raiders for the 2022 season and he’s set to earn close to $4 million in base salary.
However, the team won’t let a talent like him go elsewhere, as Pro Football Focus predicts a potential contract extension for the 24-year-old ace.
Maxx Crosby is going to get PAID 💰 pic.twitter.com/p5JbZtTAGh
— PFF (@PFF) March 6, 2022
PFF reveals their projection that Crosby will receive a five-year, $136.25 million extension from the Raiders.
That amount will give him an annual average value of $27.25 million, making him the highest-paid defensive end in terms of total value and AAV.
Getting an extension for Crosby is a no-brainer because he earned every single penny by becoming the Raiders’ leader on defense.
An Iron Man With An Iron-Clad Will
Crosby is yet to miss a game after three NFL seasons.
He had ten sacks and four forced fumbles in his rookie year.
Crosby started all 16 games for the Raiders in 2020 and has only improved since.
He became the AFC’s Defensive Player of the Week in Week 18 last season after tallying two sacks, six tackles, and four quarterback hits against the Los Angeles Chargers.