The Las Vegas Raiders have signed T Kolton Miller to a multi-year contract extension, the club announced Friday.
Miller, 25, was the team’s first pick (15th overall) in the 2018 NFL Draft and has started in all 46 appearances for the Silver and Black since his rookie season.
The athletic, 6-foot-8, 325-pound tackle out of UCLA started in 14 games during the 2020 campaign, helping the Raiders rank eighth in the NFL in total offense, averaging 383.3 yards per game, while finishing 10th in the league in fewest sacks allowed (28).
Miller also paved the way for RB Josh Jacobs to become the first running back in franchise history to surpass 1,000 rushing yards in each of his first two seasons, and blocked for QB Derek Carr as he set career marks in passing yards (4,103) and passer rating (101.4).
Miller started all 32 games over his first two seasons (2018-19) in the NFL. He helped anchor an offensive line that ranked eighth in the NFL in sacks allowed (29) in 2019. As a rookie in 2018, Miller started in all 16 contests to become one of just 16 Raiders rookies to start every game since the AFL-NFL merger.
As a junior at UCLA, the native of Roseville, Calif., started all 13 games at left tackle for the Bruins and was named to the All-Pac-12 Conference Second Team by the league’s coaches. He was a cornerstone for an offensive line that helped the Bruins rank third in the conference in total offense (379.8 yards per game).
“They always say don’t listen to the noise, but obviously I picked up some of that in my rookie year, but when injuries or little setbacks happened, I didn’t let that affect me,” said Miller after signing his extension.
“I feel like as a player you can’t let that affect you. What I wanted to prove most was to my coaches, to my teammates and the fans that to really invest and prove myself as much as I can to be their left tackle, to protect DC [Derek Carr]. That little stuff can just distract you and get you off the path to where you want to go.”
The two major factors that made Miller want to stay in Silver and Black are his love for the fanbase and the organization, as well as what he knows is around the corner for the big boys up front.
“I think we’re continuing to build,” said Miller. “I thought we made great strides last year, but obviously times changed. Like this year, things got moved around a lot and that happens with teams, but I feel really confident in our group, and going forward I have the upmost confidence in the staff. I’m going along for the ride, and I’m for it.”
“I think it’s a huge opportunity,” Miller said. “I’m glad I could extend my time here. I love playing here. I want to be Raider for as long as I can.”
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