The Las Vegas Raiders lock out one of the NFL’s best passing throwers.
Pro Bowl defensive end Maxx Crosby has agreed to a four-year, $98.98 million contract extension with $53 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Crosby had one year with $3.99 million in salary remaining on his rookie contract.
The Raiders confirmed the deal.
The annual value of $24.75 million will make Crosby the fourth highest-paid rusher in the NFL, according to OverTheCapbehind only TJ Watt, Myles Garrett and Joey Bosa.
Maxx Crosby landed his new contract with the Raiders
Crosby has been a member of the Raiders since the team selected him from Eastern Michigan in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Since then, he’s become one of the NFL’s greatest mid-term success stories. .
By Focus on professional football, no NFL defenseman had more pressure than Crosby’s 108 last year, and serving also made him the second most valuable defenseman in the league. By more conventional stats, Crosby had 56 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, eight sacks, seven passes defended and tied for fourth in the NFL with 30 QB hits, per Pro Football Reference.
In three seasons, Crosby posted 25 total sacks for the Raiders. He received his first Pro Bowl nomination last season.
Crosby’s massive extension is also a happy development after his personal struggles with alcoholism, which led him to enter rehab in 2020 after his rookie year.
“It got to a point after my rookie year, my life got unmanageable,” Crosby said. “The booze and the party and all that bullshit just got too distracting in my life. It got overwhelming. I always had trouble with booze and parties in high school and college. I been able to walk past it and get away with it, but it just became too much for me and it was always that one crutch.
“Alcoholism runs in my family and I am an alcoholic. So for me, I knew it was something that was always a crutch. I always knew I had a problem. I couldn’t just drink like everyone else. I got ahead. My first year of sobriety is always the hardest and that was last year. I had a lot of ups and downs. Mentally , it was really hard for me. I’m semi-sober now and life is good. I really enjoy every day. I enjoy the work.
Crosby now has the day he entered rehab tattooed on his right forearm: 3-11-20. He chose two years to the day to sign his life-changing contract.