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Derek Carr gets 3-year extension from Raiders

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During a turbulent season, Derek Carr gave his best. The Las Vegas Raiders have therefore granted the veteran quarterback a three-year contract extension.

The extension is worth $121.5 million, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity on Wednesday.

Despite all the problems with the Raiders last season, including the resignation of coach Jon Gruden, Carr helped them qualify for the playoffs as a wild card in the tough AFC West. He threw for a career-high 4,804 yards and 23 touchdowns as Las Vegas went 10-7 before losing to Cincinnati in the playoffs.

“I just wanted to be a Raider again and I said to my agent (Tim Younger), I said, ‘Either I’m going to be a Raider or I’m going to play golf. I don’t want to play anywhere else,” Carr said at Wednesday’s press conference. “That’s how much this place means to me.”


FILE – Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) runs with the ball during an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns on Monday, Dec. 20, 2021 in Cleveland.
(AP Photo/Kirk Irwin, File)

Carr said it also meant a lot to him to structure the contract so the team could keep key elements around him for a long time while building “a championship team.”

“We’ve made sure that guys like Chandler (Jones), guys like Davante (Adams), guys like hopefully Hunter (Renfrow) and Foster (Moreau) and those guys can stay here,” he said. said Carr, the AFC’s longest-serving quarterback. . “I already went through a heartache the last time I signed my contract, my best friend (Khalil Mack) left. And I never wanted that to happen again.

“It was an opportunity for me to prove to the team, to the organization, to our fans, that the way we’re going to structure this is so that we can keep everyone together and really have real continuity, really something to build on.”

An eight-year veteran, Carr, 31, was entering the final year of his contract, worth nearly $19.8 million in base salary. That contract was for five years at $125 million, the richest in the NFL at the time he signed it in 2017.

He said he told his agent he was ready to finish his contract if it was not extended.

“At the end of the day, I want to be a Raider and I’m crazy enough to go for a year, especially with the guys that will be around me. I said I’d take that chance,” he said. “Hopefully it will be four more. Hopefully we can build on that and I can finish and do what I set out to do nine years ago which is win a championship. .”

The new deal puts him more in line with what veteran starting quarterbacks earn throughout the league.

When healthy, Carr was a starter for most of his time with the Raiders and made three Pro Bowls.

Carr hit a career-high and franchise-high 4,804 passing yards in 2021 and was the only quarterback in the league to finish in the top five in passing yards and completion percentage. (68.4).

Carr holds franchise records for passing yards (31,700), passing touchdowns (193), games with multiple touchdown passes (59), games with a passer rating of at least 100 points (44) and 300-yard passing contests (31).

At owner meetings last month, new Raiders coach Josh McDaniels seemed to stress the importance of finding the money for Carr. On Wednesday, he reaffirmed that in a prepared statement

“Derek Carr has been the leader of this franchise for a long time and we are excited to continue this relationship,” McDaniels said. “He’s been a great example of someone who always puts the team first, and we appreciate his desire to continue to do so while leading on and off the pitch. It’s clear how much Derek cares about this organization, his teammates and winning. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him this season and beyond.”

Extending Carr is the latest move in a busy offseason. Carr will have All-Pro Adams added to his receiving squad in a trade from Green Bay, and excellent passer Jones as a free agent.


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