What Maxx Crosby’s Massive $95 Million Contract Means for the Las Vegas Raiders

Maxx Crosby is one of the best young pass rushers the NFL has to offer. The Las Vegas Raiders have just paid him accordingly. The returns on Crosby have far-exceeded the draft capital used to select him. Now, the front office is rewarding the Colleyville, Texas native for his efforts.

By signing Crosby to a $95 million contract extension, the Raiders lock up one of their best defensive players. The move could impact how the front office spends its money throughout the remainder of the offseason.

Regardless of what Las Vegas does in the coming months, the team is proving that it’s willing to reward hard work.

The Raiders inked Maxx Crosby to a $95 million contract extension

Raiders defensive end Maxx Crosby celebrates a tackle against the Chargers
Maxx Crosby of the Las Vegas Raiders reacts during game against the Los Angeles Chargers Chris Unger/Getty Images

Maxx Crosby has quickly blossomed into one of the best edge defenders in the NFL. The 2019 fourth-rounder has improved year after year, and the Las Vegas Raiders don’t want to let him out of their grasp.

According to ESPN insider Adam Schefter, the Pro Bowl defensive end agreed to a four-year, $98.98 million contract. The deal includes $95 million in new money and $53 million guaranteed. The contract also features an incentive of $200,000 a year if Crosby earns First-Team All-Pro honors.

Crosby was heading into the fourth and final year of his rookie contract, but the team didn’t waste any time getting a deal done.

Now that Crosby and the Raiders have agreed on a long-term deal, the front office can focus on improving the rest of the roster through free agency and the 2022 NFL Draft.

Why the Pro Bowl edge rusher deserved big money

There’s no doubt that Maxx Crosby earned a big payday from the Raiders. Since he first stepped foot in the locker room, he’s been an impact player.

The Eastern Michigan product has recorded 142 tackles, 43 tackles for loss, 25 sacks, 12 passes defended, and four forced fumbles in three seasons with the team.

Crosby is coming off his most productive season to date. He finished with 56 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, eight sacks, and seven passes defended. While he recorded more sacks as a rookie, Crosby was a different beast in 2021. He registered 42 pressures (10th in the NFL) and 30 quarterback hits. He also led the league in QB knockdowns with 19.

Beyond his impact on the field, the 24-year-old is a leader off of it as well. Two years ago, he checked himself into a rehabilitation center for alcoholism. Now, he’s earned a multi-year extension from the organization that gave him his first pro opportunity.

“I came from a tough situation,” Crosby said. “But I just want to show people there that anything’s possible if you put your mind to it.”

Maxx Crosby has battled plenty of adversity in his life, but he came out on the other side stronger, and he has a bright future as a result.

How the deal affect Las Vegas’ offseason next steps

Maxx Crosby’s massive new deal could set the tone for the rest of the offseason. The team is in a great position this time around, with $29.7 million in salary-cap space. That gives new general manager Dave Ziegler a solid starting point heading into his first season at the helm.

Now that Crosby is out of the way, Ziegler and company can turn their attention to the upcoming free agents on the roster. The most notable players to address are linebacker K.J. Wright, wide receiver Zay Jones, and cornerback Casey Hayward Jr. The team might also want to extend Derek Carr at some point, but his status is unclear.

Las Vegas’ most significant offseason needs are wide receiver, cornerback, and interior defensive line. The Raiders currently have money to spend in free agency. Wide receivers Allen Robinson II (Bears) and D.J. Chark (Jaguars), cornerback J.C. Jackson (Patriots), and defensive tackle D.J. Jones (49ers) are just a few players who could be on their radar. The team also has the No. 22 overall pick in the upcoming draft.

The Raiders were a 10-7 football team in 2021. They reached the playoffs despite an up-and-down year. If the front office takes care of business and spends money in the right places, Las Vegas could take another step forward in 2022.

All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.

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