Raiders open extension talks with QB Derek Carr after landing Davante Adams in trade, per report

The Las Vegas Raiders appear ready to commit to Derek Carr for the foreseeable future. 

According to a report from The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, the Raiders have opened extension talks with their starting quarterback. After the team traded for Carr’s former college teammate, wide receiver Davante Adams, and handed Adams a massive five-year contract, it’s not surprising they are working to keep Carr around for the long term. 

Carr is headed into the final year of his contract, and currently is set to count for $19,777,519 against the Raiders’ salary cap. All of that money is base salary, which means none of it is guaranteed. This is the final season of the five-year, $125.025 million contract extension Carr signed in 2017, which briefly made him the highest-paid player in the NFL.


In the wake of the Cleveland Browns handing Deshaun Watson a five-year, $230 million contract with all of the money fully guaranteed despite the star quarterback still facing accusations of sexual misconduct or sexual assault from 22 different women, it will be fascinating to watch the negotiations for the next big quarterback contract. Prior to Watson, Kirk Cousins was the only quarterback to receive a fully-guaranteed, long-term deal, and his pact was for significantly less money. 

Carr has some leverage here as it is quite clear the Raiders would like to retain him, presumably for at least the length of Adams’ contract. Of course, the Raiders can let him play out his deal on a bargain salary for this year and then wield the franchise tag for at least two seasons; but with quarterback salaries exploding on a yearly basis, the tag may not be as team-friendly as it had been in recent years. 

The new front office in Vegas has been swift about committing long-term money to players it views as foundational stars, with both Adams and edge rusher Maxx Crosby receiving significant deals in recent weeks. It appears Carr is the next one up, and he is likely to break the bank, even if he does not reset the market at his position. 

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