The Las Vegas Raiders are not afraid to shell out the big bucks to build a competitive team.
First, they gave quarterback Derek Carr a three-year, $121.5 million extension.
Then, they traded for All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams and gave him a five-year, $141.25 million deal.
Now, the Raiders are rewarding one of their brightest spots last season, as NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero revealed.
A big-time payday for the Slot Machine after a breakout season — and even more opportunities ahead in Josh McDaniels’ offense. 💰💰
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) June 10, 2022
Pelissero tweeted, “The #Raiders are signing Pro Bowl WR Hunter Renfrow to a two-year, $32 million extension including $21M guaranteed, sources tell me and @RapSheet. A big-time payday for the Slot Machine after a breakout season — and even more opportunities ahead in Josh McDaniels’ offense.”
Renfrow deserves this contract because he became the team’s primary option in the passing game, especially when Henry Ruggs III wasn’t a part of the team anymore.
From having 656 yards and two touchdowns in 2020, the former Clemson standout had 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns last season.
Those numbers merited the first Pro Bowl selection of his career.
More importantly, he helped the Raiders clinch a playoff berth, a feat they haven’t done since 2016.
Renfrow will have more opportunities to excel under offensive-minded head coach Josh McDaniels.
That’s why it is a no-brainer to extend him after his breakout campaign.
The timing is also perfect because he is in the final year of his rookie contract and is not eligible for a fifth-year option because he was drafted in the fifth round.
An Explosive Receiving Unit For Las Vegas
Renfrow and Adams complement each other’s game.
The former Green Bay Packer will be Carr’s main target during big plays.
If he’s not open, Renfrow will collect passes from the slot.
Aside from those two, Darren Waller will also see his role increase under McDaniels’ two-tight end sets.
Those three players will help drive the Raiders’ quest for a postseason return.