Raiders Sign Tommy Kelly to Richest Defensive Tackle Contract in NFL History

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Thu, Feb 28 - 9:01 pm EDT | 6 years ago by
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The Oakland Raiders are out of their minds. On this eve of free agency, the Raiders signed defensive tackle Tommy Kelly to an NFL-record seven-year, $50.5 million contract. A little over $18 million is guaranteed.

Some of you may be wondering who Tommy Kelly is. He’ll be entering his 5th season with the Raiders out of Mississippi State (he was originally signed as an undrafted free agent), but he hasn’t exactly lit up the league. Tommy’s a decent run-stopper with some pass rushing ability, but he’s far from an elite DT. He only has 13 career sacks. Plus, he’s damaged goods coming off an ACL tear that limited him to seven games last season.

This is an insane deal. What it will do is raise the bar significantly for other (hopefully better) defensive tackles to get huge deals. Good for DTs, yes. But bad for the other 31 teams who are hating the Raiders right now and will have to match or beat this kind of money for a quality defensive tackle.

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