Derek Carr was at his best during a difficult season. As a result, the Raiders have extended the veteran quarterback’s deal for another three years.
The agreement is worth $121.5 million, according to a source familiar with the matter who spoke on the condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Wednesday.
Despite the Raiders’ problems last season, including coach Jon Gruden’s dismissal, Carr guided them to the playoffs as a wild card in the strong AFC West. As Las Vegas finished 10-7 before losing in the playoffs to Cincinnati, he threw for a career-high 4,804 yards and 23 touchdowns.
“All I wanted to do was be a Raider again, so I told my agent (Tim Younger), ‘I’m either going to be a Raider or I’m going to be playing golf.’ “I don’t want to play anywhere else,” Carr declared at a news conference on Wednesday. “That is how important this place is to me.”
Carr said it was also important to him to structure the contract in such a way that the organisation could keep key players around him for an extended period of time while constructing “a championship squad.”
Carr, the AFC’s longest-tenured quarterback, said, “We made sure people like Chandler (Jones), Davante (Adams), hopefully Hunter (Renfrow), Foster (Moreau) and those guys can stay here.” “My best friend (Khalil Mack) left the last time I signed my contract, and it was a heartache for me.” That was something I didn’t want to happen again.
“This was an opportunity for me to show the team, the organisation, and our fans that the way we’re going to arrange this is going to keep everyone together and give us true continuity and something to build on,” he said.
Carr, 31, has been with the team for eight years and was in the final year of his contract, which was worth about $19.8 million in base salary. That contract, for $125 million over five years, was the highest in the NFL at the time he signed it in 2017.
He said he told his agency that if his contract wasn’t renewed, he was willing to finish it.