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Derek Carr had 1 fear with his new contract

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Derek Carr signed a three-year contract extension with the Las Vegas Raiders this week, and the deal freed up a significant amount of salary cap space for the team. Carr says that was not a coincidence.

Carr told reporters on Wednesday that he and his agent intentionally structured his extension in a way that would allow the Raiders to re-sign other core players. The quarterback said he was bothered by the fact that the team traded Khalil Mack last time Carr signed a new contract.

The Raiders had roughly $5 million in salary cap space before they extended Carr, according to Over The Cap. Carr’s cap hit will be $34.8 million in the first year of the new deal, which is significantly less than many other quarterbacks around the league.

Carr’s new deal will make him one of the five highest-paid QBs in the NFL. It’s unclear what the exact guarantee is, but it seems like he could have aimed higher. The quarterback market has been extremely hot this offseason, led by the $230 million in fully guaranteed money Watson got from the Cleveland Browns. Carr will make plenty of money, but his contract should not place the Raiders in the dreaded salary cap jail.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr cites key reason for signing team-friendly contract

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Derek Carr’s new contract with the Las Vegas Raiders is certainly a big one, but there is a legitimate argument he could have made more if he had wanted to. However, the quarterback had a good reason for that stance.

Carr signed a new three-year deal worth $121.5 million on Wednesday. The new deal will pay Carr roughly $40.5 million per year, which leaves him fifth among current quarterbacks. That is something of a reversal of a trend, as quarterback contracts have consistently topped each other for a few years now.

At a press conference Wednesday, Carr said he wanted to ensure that the Raiders could retain other stars, noting that his previous contract had helped lead to the team’s decision to trade star pass rusher Khalil Mack.

“The way we structured it, I went through a heartbreak already the last time I signed my contract,” Carr said, via Nick Shook of NFL.com. “My best friend (Khalil Mack) left, and I didn’t want that to happen ever again.”

Carr is obviously in a good spot when a team-friendly deal still has him making north of $40 million a year. He had previously signed a five-year, $125 million deal in 2017, but that left the Raiders needing to make some tough decisions. A little over a year later, they traded Mack, a move that Carr was clearly unhappy with at the time.

The message Carr is sending is that he wants to see the Raiders spend on a quality team around him. He clearly feels he has given the team the financial flexibility to make that happen.

Photo: Dec 26, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr signs huge extension with Raiders

Derek Carr in a helmet

The Las Vegas Raiders have made some big changes this offseason, but they proved on Wednesday that they are still very much committed to Derek Carr.

Carr and the Raiders have agreed to a three-year, $121.5 million contract extension, according to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport. Carr had one more year left on his previous deal, so the new one ties him to Las Vegas through the 2025 season.

Rapoport’s colleague Mike Garafolo added that the new contract includes a no-trade clause.

Carr’s representatives have been working on a new contract with the Raiders since the start of the offseason. New head coach Josh McDaniels recently hinted that the two sides had some issues, but the expectation all along was that a deal would get done.

The Raiders acquired Davante Adams in a trade with the Green Bay Packers last month and signed him to a massive extension. Adams and Carr played together at Fresno State, which is one of the reasons the star wide receiver wanted to play in Las Vegas.

Some teams expressed interest in trading for Carr when his future was up in the air, but the Raiders never seemed open to dealing him.

Carr, 31, threw for 4,804 yards, 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season while leading the Raiders to the playoffs. He has to be thrilled with the way his offseason has gone.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Josh McDaniels hints at contract standoff between Derek Carr, Raiders

Derek Carr in a helmet

The Las Vegas Raiders are trying to sign Derek Carr to a contract extension, but it appears there is at least some gap between the two sides in negotiations.

Josh McDaniels on Monday was asked for an update on Carr’s contract situation. The head coach expressed optimism that a deal will get done, but he said both Carr and the Raiders need to do what is best for them.

“Derek’s gonna have to make decisions about what’s best for him,” McDaniels said. “That’s what each man’s right is, and they should do that for their families. At the same time, we’ve gotta try to do what’s right for the team. There will be a sweet spot in there for everybody, hopefully.”

A report last week claimed the Raiders and Carr have begun extension talks and that a deal is viewed as a “formality.”

McDaniels clearly believes in Carr. The quarterback is entering the final year of his current contract, and McDaniels appears to have taken the job with the expectation that Carr will sign an extension.

The Raiders received some inquiries from teams that were interested in trading for Carr, but nothing ever came of that. It would be a surprise at this point if the two sides can’t work something out.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Derek Carr contract extension is ‘formality’ for Raiders

Derek Carr in a helmet

The Las Vegas Raiders appear on their way toward dealing with the last major bit of uncertainty on their roster ahead of the 2022 season.

The Raiders have officially begun contract extension talks with quarterback Derek Carr, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic. Tafur added that the extension is viewed as a “formality.”

Carr is entering the final season of his contract, which had led to some teams sniffing around to see if he could be available in a trade. Those inquiries clearly went nowhere, and the contract talks should end any lingering speculation once and for all.

Carr threw 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season. The hope is that those numbers will improve, especially since he’ll have a huge new weapon as part of the offense.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Old Derek Carr quote about Davante Adams goes viral

Derek Carr in a helmet

Few will be more excited about the Las Vegas Raiders’ acquisition of Davante Adams than quarterback Derek Carr. In fact, we already know, because Carr dropped a hint about it before.

Carr and Adams were teammates for two years at Fresno State, and will now be reunited after the Raiders pulled off a blockbuster trade for the wide receiver on Thursday. That fulfills Carr’s long-term goal, as the quarterback made no secret that he wanted to play with Adams again. In an appearance on “The Cris Collinsworth Podcast” last July, Carr said Adams was one of his best friends, and that he would do a “full-court press” on the receiver once he became a free agent in a bid to get Adams to Las Vegas.

Adams never actually hit the open market, as the Packers used the franchise tag on him. However, the two sides failed to agree to a long-term deal, leading to Thursday’s trade and Carr getting his wish.

Carr’s future with the Raiders is not completely set in stone, but it’s hard to envision the team making this move if a quarterback change was coming.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: 2 AFC teams showing trade interest in Derek Carr

Derek Carr with a helmet on

Derek Carr is arguably the worst quarterback in his own division, and that’s not even an insult. The Las Vegas Raiders quarterback is good enough to have made three Pro Bowls and two playoff appearance during his eight seasons leading the Raiders. But he’s now buried in a division that includes two likely Hall of Famers in Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson, as well as a talented newcomer in the Chargers’ Justin Herbert.

The competitive division, plus Carr’s contract situation, leaves him at a crossroads with the Raiders.

Carr signed a 5-year, $125 million contract with the Raiders in 2017. His contract is set to expire after the 2022 season. The Raiders reportedly have not yet opened extension talks with Carr.

Other teams have taken a hint from the situation and inquired with the Raiders to see if they are interested in trading Carr.

According to Cleveland.com, the Browns have had Carr “on their radar” this offseason. The Indianapolis Colts also reportedly have trade interest in Carr.

Cleveland has Baker Mayfield, who in 2020 delivered the team’s best season in three decades. But Mayfield dealt with injuries last season and performed poorly as the team disappointed. The Colts are in need of a quarterback after trading Carson Wentz to Washington.

The Colts finished above .500 last season (and choked away a playoff spot), while the Browns were a playoff team the year before. It’s unclear if Carr is a definitive upgrade over a healthy Mayfield. But he might make a lot more sense for the Colts, who are in a weaker division and have just Sam Ehlinger at quarterback.

The question is: would the Raiders trade Carr and go into rebuilding mode? Or do they want to keep him despite the uphill battle to compete in their division? With a new coach and GM in the fold, they probably will want to keep the momentum rolling rather than go backwards. They likely wouldn’t have accepted the jobs without the intention of working with Carr, so the QB might not be going anywhere.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Derek Carr drawing trade interest due to key factor

Derek Carr with a helmet on

The Las Vegas Raiders have been adamant that Derek Carr will be the team’s quarterback for 2022, but uncertainty is lingering for one specific reason.

Carr has been the subject of multiple trade inquiries, according to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Teams have not been deterred by the Raiders’ public statements about their quarterback. That is largely because of the uncertainty over Carr’s long-term future.

As it stands, Carr would become an unrestricted free agent after the 2022 season. Reports indicate that the Raiders are ready and willing to give Carr big money, but that has not happened yet.

The Raiders do not seem to be entertaining these offers, which is an indication that they are not budging on Carr’s availability.

New head coach Josh McDaniels has consistently said he sees Carr as the team’s quarterback, and the organization’s current stance seemingly bears that out.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Derek Carr expected to receive $40 million per season

Derek Carr with a helmet on

Derek Carr is entering his final season under contract with the Las Vegas Raiders, and it sounds like the sides want to extend their relationship. Such an extension will likely be quite lucrative for the quarterback.

On Tuesday, Jordan Schultz reported that the new Raiders head coach and GM pairing both support the team paying Carr top-tier QB money. Schultz also said that Carr would be open to a short-term contract.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Vincent Bonsignore says a Carr extension would likely be in the $40 million per season range.

Carr is turning 31 soon and set to make just under $20 million in 2022. That would mark the fourth straight season he made $20 million or a shade under that amount, which is a pretty good bargain for competent quarterback. But at $35-$40 million, Carr starts taking up a big part of the salary cap, leaving questions about how well you could build around him.

Carr passed for 4,804 yards, 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions last season.

Photo: Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) before playing against the Baltimore Ravens at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Davis drops funny David Carr joke amid QB speculation

Mark Davis

Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis is apparently over one of the Carr brothers, but it’s not the one currently serving as his team’s quarterback.

The Raiders introduced Josh McDaniels as the team’s new head coach on Monday, so Davis was available to the media to answer some questions. One that has come up often is whether the organization is committed to quarterback Derek Carr, who has one year remaining on his contract.

Davis joked that he wanted to trade Carr, then clarified he was talking about Derek’s brother David, a former NFL quarterback and current NFL Network analyst.

Davis is kidding around here, but it’s worth noting that David Carr recently appeared on “The Herd with Colin Cowherd” and suggested that Derek wants a significant commitment from the Raiders to stay there long-term. Davis might not have appreciated those remarks.

Derek Carr’s new coach might actually be good news for him. The Raiders seem fairly committed, so the ball is essentially in the quarterback’s court here.