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3 Most Underpaid Players on the Raiders Heading into 2020

Max Staley
Maurice Hurst is one of the most underpaid players on the Raiders.
Maurice Hurst is one of the most underpaid players on the Raiders. / Jack Thomas/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders are scheduled to make their debut in Sin City this fall. The team made some real splashy signings in the offseason to prepare for this move, inking Cory Littleton to a three-year, $35.25 million deal and Nick Kwiatkoski to a three-year, $21 million contract.

Part of the reason the team was able to afford those contracts is because they have some really productive players on team-friendly deals. Let's take a look at the three-most underpaid players on the team.

All contract information is via Spotrac.

1. Darren Waller, TE (4-Year, $29.8 Million)

Darren Waller is one of the Raiders' most underpaid players.
Darren Waller is one of the Raiders' most underpaid players. / Justin Edmonds/Getty Images

It might seem counterintuitive to consider Darren Waller underpaid. After all, he just signed a lucrative extension. Right now though, his average salary is just $7.45 million, giving him the ninth-highest average salary at the position. He's even behind both former Raider Jared Cook (No. 8) and the washed-up Jimmy Graham (No. 7). Looking at the total value of his deal, he's still just the seventh-highest paid tight end in football. Last season, Waller had the second-most receptions (90) and receiving yards (1,145) at the position. The 27-year-old looks poised to be a top-five receiving tight end for years to come, yet his deal is only worth $800,000 more than Tyler Higbee's.

2. Maurice Hurst, DT (4-Year, $2.7 Million)

Maurice Hurst appears pretty underpaid.
Maurice Hurst appears pretty underpaid. / Jack Thomas/Getty Images

Once viewed as a surefire first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, Maurice Hurst plummeted to the fifth round due to medical concerns. That allowed the Raiders to get him on an extremely cheap deal. In terms of total value, Hurst's deal makes him the 86th-highest paid DT in the league. Meanwhile, Hurst received the 29th-best grade among all interior defensive linemen from Pro Football Focus, making him an incredible value.

3. Richie Incognito, G (2-Year, $12.7 Million)

Richie Incognito is an extremely underpaid player.
Richie Incognito is an extremely underpaid player. / Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Teams were hesitant to sign Richie Incognito due to a litany of very-legitimate off-field concerns. The 37-year-old has gotten his act together, though, and he's played at an extremely high level since joining the Raiders. Last season, only Zack Martin (90.8) received a higher pass-blocking grade among guards than Incognito (88.5), per PFF. Even so, his average salary has him as just the 22nd-highest paid guard in football. That's an absolute steal.

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