The big topic right now with the Oakland Raiders; other than being mentioned by some of football’s biggest writers as the top option to challenge the New England Patriots in the AFC, is Derek Carr’s lagging contract talks.
Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie recently responded to the lull in talks by saying he will do everything he can to get Carr’s contract done.
“I see Derek every day. We have a great relationship and communicate very well,” McKenzie said, via NBC Sports Bay Area. “That’s not going to be an issue at all. As far as the contracts go, I don’t like discussing contracts outside these walls. I kind of keep that as my mantra, to keep that in house. But the bottom line is that we love Derek and we want to keep him. We’re going to [do] everything to make sure this contract gets done.”
Obviously, there is a clock in that it has to get done before the season. This whole process really reminds me a lot of Andrew Luck’s negotiations with Jim Irsay and the Colts front office. It appeared that things were moving along slowly. And then lucked signed a 6-year, $140 million dollar contract to keep him a Colt through the 2021 season. Ironically enough, it’s rumored that the numbers being kicked around are around the average dollars per year that Andrew Luck got in that contract.
So best guess, this will get done. Carr seems to want to be a Raider for life. He will usher in things at the new Las Vegas Stadium sometime after 2018. It is a little puzzling why the Raiders haven’t extended the young gunsliger like Quarterback; but he’s the best they have had in a long time. It’s not likely that they let him get away or let things even get mucked.
Given that he’s probably my favorite player in all of football, I am hoping that this is announced soon.