Will the Las Vegas Raiders extend WR Hunter Renfrow before Week 1?
The Las Vegas Raiders made sure to expand the cornerstone of their defense, Pro Bowl defensive end Maxx Crosby, with a four-year contract. The popular consensus now seems to be that wide receiver Hunter Renfrow is next, by Week 1 no less.
So when general manager Dave Ziegler was hired, he made it clear he wanted to win now, and so far he’s shown that this offseason. Trading for Chandler Jones and Davante Adams was huge in retrospect; he signaled a changing of the guard. The previous regime clung to its capital project. Ziegler, on the other hand, used it to seal a deal that immediately garnered universal praise from the Raiders. The Crosby extension was the other piece of the puzzle; ensuring that homegrown talent is taken care of and remains a part of the Raiders’ future. Like Crosby, Renfrow has more than proven his worth.
Can the Raiders withdraw an extension for Hunter Renfrow by Week 1?
It’s been a weird offseason for wide receivers in general. The contract Adams received after arriving in Vegas sent shockwaves, but not as big as the one Christian Kirk received from the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The issue with Renfrow’s extension will be how the Raiders value their receiver. He is not your number one prototypical. Instead, he’s one of the NFL’s most underrated slot receivers. Either way, it would be shocking if the Raiders brain trust didn’t lock down Renfrow’s services. He’s Derek Carr’s most reliable target and has far exceeded expectations as a fifth-round selection.
“One of the game’s top slot receivers is a year away from free agency, and the Raiders have been aggressive so far under the Josh McDaniels-Dave Ziegler regime. Las Vegas expects that that some cap space will be freed up by June, so maybe he’ll dig in some time this summer ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on a Renfrow extension
As ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler points out, once the Raiders are given some financial flexibility after June 1, it will be interesting to see how quickly a deal is done.