Raiders QB Derek Carr discuss contract extension: report
What a difference a few weeks make in the NFL. After Week 3, Derek Carr led the NFL in passing yards and was widely regarded as an MVP favorite. The Las Vegas Raiders were 3-0 and looked like one of the best teams in the NFL. Over the past two weeks, the team have been knocked down by the Los Angeles Chargers and embarrassed at home by the Chicago Bears. These losses aren’t just about Carr, but there’s no doubt he hasn’t played at the same level we’ve seen of him in the first three games.
Carr is in an important year. He only has two years left on his contract. Having an MVP caliber year would lead to a huge paycheck for the veteran quarterback. However, he’s not even going to care just yet. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Carr is postponing contract talks until the offseason.
“Derek Carr has no plans to work on a contract extension with the Las Vegas Raiders this season, league sources told ESPN,” Schefter wrote.
While there may be a lot to read in this Schefter update, it probably doesn’t mean much.
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Carr is probably trying to help the Raiders
Carr doesn’t discuss a contract because he’s not sure he wants to remain a Raider. He has made it clear that he will not play for any other team. Schefter explained why the quarterback doesn’t want to engage in contract talks:
The Raiders are also currently facing the salary cap; their cash flow situation improves after this season, and they will have more to spend with the influx of money that their arrival in Las Vegas has brought. The NFL salary cap is also expected to increase in each of the next two years.
Carr was not looking for an extension this year, and his plan remains to wait until after this season to start talks, according to a source. He also intends to stay with the Raiders, as he has stated in the past.
In the end, Carr not pushing for an overtime is good for the Raiders. He won’t be playing for another team and they don’t have a lot of money to play at the moment.
Will Carr get extra time in the offseason?
At the start of the season, it looked like Carr was set to become one of the highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL again. It is becoming increasingly obscure how much money the Raiders will be willing to pay him. Carr has always had very high ups and downs. In both losses, he didn’t perform very well despite what some more exciting fans might say.
The Raiders’ offensive line is a complete mess. Carr has been sacked 15 times this season, which is the most he has been sacked in five games in his entire career. Few quarterbacks can overcome terrible pass protection. It’s easy to be on Carr now, but he should take matters into his own hands. If he ends the season on a decent note, he will still benefit from a contract extension.
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