Here is the full press conference. I like listening to Derek Carr talk but I LOVE listening to General Manager Reggie McKenzie talk.
It has happened. Derek Carr has signed a 5-year, $125 million dollar contract extension with the Oakland Raiders. I guess at this point, with those simple terms being what was rumored about all along; you wonder what took so long. The extension will keep Carr in Oakland through the 2022 season!
Carr was true to his word that when it was officially done, he would say something first. He took to twitter in the morning to break the story himself.
Now it’s done 😂! From the jump I’ve wanted to be a Raider 4 life. One step closer to that! Blessed!!! Business done! Let’s just play now!!!
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) June 22, 2017
Albert Breer says over at MMQB that the deal is evolutionary, not revolutionary.
As pointed out in this article, Carr is the only QB in NFL history to throw more than 80 TD passes and fewer than 40 interceptions in his first three seasons. He’s a blast to watch, and he’ll be a blast to watch as he goes after the New England Patriots and tries to bring the Oakland Raiders a title before they move to Las Vegas.
Now that the Raiders have the Quarterback locked up, the focus shifts over to the next two guys: Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper. But as long as you have the Quarterback and the head coach; as evidenced in New England, you can really work around everything else on either side of the ball.
This was a great day to like the Oakland Raiders and the best day if you’re a Derek Carr fan.
We have waited and waited, and the Oakland Raiders are not going to make us wait much longer. Per a report by ESPN’s Adam Schefter (the best in the biz), the Oakland Raiders are prepared to pay Derek Carr $25 million dollars per year on an contract extension.
Per Schefter, the sides still are finalizing language, but the record deal could be announced by the end of the week.
Reports earlier this month indicated Carr was on his way to becoming the first quarterback to make $25 million annually, and it appears that day is closer than ever. Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has an average annual paycheck of $24.594 million per season, currently the highest. Carson Palmer and Drew Brees also make more than $24 million per season.
This is phenomenal news; and it appears the Raiders want everyone at ease with plenty of time to spare on this ever most important issue.
I can't wait to just be back with my teammates competing and working again… #RaiderNation almost football season!! 💀💀💀💀
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) June 21, 2017
It looks like Derek Carr has that warm and fuzzy feeling.
We will update when an official announcement hits the press. The lifeblood of the Raiders organization is staying put.
First off, Derek Carr makes the list of the NFL’s Top 100 Players at number 11. It is no surprise, and he’s just outside the top 10 as rated by his peers.
Here’s the official video.
Then I found an interesting post on NFL.com: Who will win more Super Bowl Rings? Derek Carr or Dak Prescott?
A lot of the analysts sidestep, a few side with Carr; a few others with Prescott (ranked number 14 on the top 100 list in his own right). But basically, the feeling is of the young QB’s in the game right now, these are the two age 26 or under that have the best shot at piling up a few rings.
It’s going to be tough just for them to get one I feel like. Here are the best plays of Derek Carr’s 2016 season.
Ian Rappoport is reporting that if and when a deal gets done between the Oakland Raiders (this is more just conjecture and speculation isn’t it?), he could very well be the league’s highest-paid Quarterback and player at $25 million dollars per year.
Rappoport also mentions a key date of July 15th, as this is the date a guy like Kirk Cousins would have to be extended by; and if the Raiders and Carr have not reached a deal by that point, the possibility exists that the market would be re-set, and the Raiders would be back to the drawing board with their franchise signal-caller.
I am truly so excited for this to be over with and hope it’s done by the 4th of July fireworks.
There was an interesting nugget in a Fanrag Sports NFL post today, talking about the Raiders and how badly they need ‘Derek Carr to Step Up’, as if he hasn’t always done that.
The article talks about the Raiders’ and their fortunes after Derek Carr went down with injury, and thus comes the interesting part of the article:
At 12-3, the Raiders technically still had a chance to secure a first-round bye if they beat the Denver Broncos in Week 17, but any thought of contending with Matt McGloin or Connor Cook at quarterback was a pipe dream.
Oakland’s 2016 story ended predictably with a blowout loss in Denver followed by a deflating loss in Houston in the playoffs.
At one point in the game against the Texans, Khalil Mack and Cook crossed paths on the way to and from the sideline.
Mack gave Cook a look that suggested, “Man, we have no shot to win with this guy.”
He was right.
Wow! To be honest, Cook was a pretty heralded guy out of college. At some points, he was whispered as a first-rounder. There were always reports that he bristled his teammates, so it’s okay to assume that he hasn’t endeared himself well in Oakland’s locker room (especially in comparison to Carr, who owns the locker room in the Bay Area).
But to read this out in the open – and perhaps it’s just speculation on the part of the author to spice up a column – one has to wonder.
Personally, my hopes for Cook is that he’s the long-term back-up to Carr for the Raiders. He’s a guy who; the fans will never push for to take over full-time when Carr has a rough couple weeks; but needs developed and can come in for a drive or a few games like week 17 when the Raiders have their playoff position secured.
He’s not going to be happy holding the clipboard forever, but hopefully Cook realizes he’s best served to be a five year back-up to Carr and the Raiders become comfortable with him in that role.
The column posted some other interesting notes; saying that Carr was a star but not yet a superstar, and also mentioning that according to Pro Football Focus, Carr was forced to pass under pressure as few of times as any passer in football. Oakland has built a cavalier pass-blocking Offensive Line.
The author also suggests that ‘Oakland take the training wheels off Carr and let him do what he does best’. That’s insanity. His passing stats the last two seasons have been as good as anyone in football including Tom Brady. He says that Carr must make more players instead of forcing his receivers to do all the work. Did this guy watch the Raiders in 2016?