The Las Vegas Raiders sent a huge message about their offensive line this offseason by cementing left tackle Kolton Miller as the anchor of the unit for the future.
This month, the Raiders traded 60 percent of their starting offensive line as they sent right tackle Trent Brown to the New England Patriots, right guard Gabe Jackson to the Seattle Seahawks, and star center Rodney Hudson to the Arizona Cardinals.
However, on Tuesday, the Raiders reportedly gave Miller a new three-year contract, keeping him in Las Vegas through his prime and keeping him away from free agency in 2022.
The Las Vegas Raiders and OT Kolton Miller have agreed to a three-year extension worth more than $18 million per year, per source. Deal includes $42.6 million guaranteed at signing and goes through 2025 (including a fifth-year option) for ascending tackle.— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) March 30, 2021
The Raiders drafted Miller with the No. 15 overall pick in 2018 out of UCLA. He struggled as a rookie, but he has gotten better and the Raiders clearly think he can be a premier player at a premium position.
Miller is the first Raiders’ No. 1 pick to get a second contract from the team since Darren McFadden, who was drafted 13 years ago. The Raiders had never executed a fifth-year option on a first-round pick since it was initiated in 2011. They either traded their top picks early or let them hit free agency. Now, Miller has been secured for the long haul.
Miller is also the first member of the 2018 draft class to receive an extension, according to ESPN’s Field Yates. Baker Mayfield, Quenton Nelson, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Darius Leonard and Fred Warner are all eligible but awaiting new deals.
Raiders OT Kolton Miller just became the first member of the 2018 NFL Draft class to receive an extension.— Field Yates (@FieldYates) March 30, 2021
Amongst the most notable others that are extension eligible: Baker Mayfield, Quenton Nelson, Josh Allen, Lamar Jackson, Darius Leonard and Fred Warner.