First, they let Marcus Mariota walk and sign with the Atlanta Falcons.
Now, the team made him one of the highest-paid play-callers in the league.
NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport reported, “The #Raiders and star QB Derek Carr have agreed to terms on a 3-year contract extension worth $121.5M, source said. The agreement ties Carr to Las Vegas through the 2025 season. He is already the longest tenured QB in the AFC.”
To which his fellow insider Mike Garafolo replied with this tweet.
In all, Derek Carr is set to earn $141.3 million over four years, with $100 million of it coming over the next three years. The deal also includes a no-trade clause, source says.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 13, 2022
Garafolo pointed out that $100 million of Carr’s incoming salary will be coming in the next three years.
More importantly, he will have job security after the Raiders gave him a no-trade clause.
The Raiders are better off having Carr because he has Davante Adams‘ ear.
That quarterback-wide receiver duo can become the best in the league, barring any injury.
Likewise, Las Vegas needs to have a solid play-caller because of their stacked division.
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The former Fresno State standout finished fifth in passing yards last season with 4,804, with 23 touchdowns.
His contract extension gives him an annual average value of a little over $40 million, putting him in the top tier salary-wise.
For comparison, Dak Prescott agreed to a four-year, $160 million deal with the Dallas Cowboys.
Meanwhile, Josh Allen signed a six-year, $258 million extension with the Buffalo Bills.
Deshaun Watson also received a five-year, $230 million fully-guaranteed contract from the Cleveland Browns.
Mahomes also has a ten-year, $450 million mega-deal with the Kansas City Chiefs.
But all of those contracts are nothing compared to Aaron Rodgers‘ three-year, $150 million deal.
Carr was rightfully paid based on his numbers and the developments in the quarterback market.