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Raiders’ kicker, punter agree to long-term deals

Updated December 8, 2021 - 7:35 pm

The Raiders shouldn’t be in the market for a kicker or punter anytime soon.

Daniel Carlson and A.J. Cole signed four-year extensions to remain with the organization, a source close to the team confirmed to the Review-Journal.

Carlson’s agent, Mike McCartney of Priority Sports, posted on Twitter late Wednesday his client had agreed to the extension with the Raiders.

Carlson was set to become a free agent at the end of the season after signing a one-year, $3.3 million tender to remain with the team in 2021.

He is third in the league with 27 made field goals on 30 attempts this season.

Carlson, a 26-year-old Auburn alum, was a sixth-round draft pick of the Vikings in 2018. He was released early in the season and signed by the Raiders, with whom he has kicked ever since.

He has been named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week twice this season and four times since joining the Raiders.

Cole, who also serves as Carlson’s holder on placekicks, is having a historic season.

The third-year pro out from North Carolina State is averaging 51.1 gross yards per punt, tied with Shane Lechler in 2009 for the second-best mark in league history. He trails only Sammy Baugh’s 1940 record of 51.4 yards per punt.

Cole was set to be a restricted free agent after the season. He signed a three-year deal as an undrafted free agent in 2019 and beat out incumbent Johnny Townsend for the job.

Contact Adam Hill at ahill@reviewjournal.com. Follow @AdamHillLVRJ on Twitter.

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