Raiders Finalize Long-Term Deal With QB Derek Carr
The Oakland Raiders made sure that they would be secure under center for another five years. Per reports, the team has locked up star quarterback Derek Carr to a new contract, keeping the 26-year old gunslinger under team control through the 2022 NFL season.
Carr broke the news first on Twitter, tweeting out his excitement that the deal and “business” is now “done”:
Now it’s done 😂! From the jump I’ve wanted to be a Raider 4 life. One step closer to that! Blessed!!! Business done! Let’s just play now!!!
— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) June 22, 2017
ESPN’s Adam Schefter elaborated shortly after that Carr’s record deal makes him the highest paid player in the NFL going into 2017. Carr’s reported deal is good for five years and roughly $125 million.
With his 5-year, $125 million extension on top of one year he had left, Derek Carr is now tied to the Raiders for the next six seasons.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 22, 2017
The new deal puts Carr directly above Indianapolis Colts star quarterback Andrew Luck in terms of yearly earning, and may cause a domino effect for other star passers like Aaron Rodgers to seek bigger deals.
Derek Carr’s extension has been hanging over the young quarterback and the Raiders as a whole like a dark cloud, but can now be firmly placed in the rearview mirror.
The young quarterback flashed major potential under center as a rookie in 2014, putting 21 touchdowns up against just 12 interceptions. Carr showed marked improvement in 2015, as he posted career highs in passing yardage (3,987 yards) and touchdowns (32).
Carr’s continued development finally led to high level on field success just last season, when the Raiders upset the New Orleans Saints on the road in week one and began taking the league by storm. Carr would end up throwing just six interceptions during a 12-win season where the Raiders nearly stole the AFC West and looked like legit title threats for the majority of the regular season.
A broken leg cut Carr’s season short in week 15 and derailed Oakland’s playoff hopes, but cracked the door open to immense promise for Carr and this Raiders offense.
Oakland has been gaining steam as a legit 2017 Super Bowl threat and Vegas has paid attention, handing the Raiders the fifth best Super Bowl 52 odds (+1200) in the NFL.
The addition of star running back Marshawn Lynch and athletic tight end Jared Cook only serve to aid Carr and an Oakland offense that was already among the league’s best in 2016. With Carr now officially under contract for 2017 and well beyond, the Raiders can get back to work and strive for their first championship since 1984.
For anyone not particularly confident in Oakland making it all the way to the Super Bowl, the good news of Derek Carr’s new contract should at least help plug them as a viable threat to chase the AFC West crown again. The Raiders came remarkably close to nabbing their division title last year and open the 2017 season as the AFC West favorite (+150 odds) in the eyes of top NFL betting sites like Bovada.
Oakland also figured to be the AFC’s second best bet to at least make it to this year’s Super Bowl, with strong +700 odds right behind the favored New England Patriots.
Suffice to say, the Raiders appear to be in great shape. Jack Del Rio has done a solid job as the main shot-caller for this team, as the Raiders have seen their offense grow into one of the more explosive units in the league, while their defense has grown to be one of the most aggressive, as well.
The Raiders will need more elite play out of Carr and that defense to take the next step in 2017, but getting rid of extra distractions like lingering contract issues is certainly one less thing for the team to worry about.
Oakland marches into the 2017 NFL season as an interesting group to get behind in the pro football betting realm, but could face a tough task immediately in week one. The Raiders get the Tennessee Titans to kick off the new season and are the mildest of favorites with a -1 spread advantage on the road.
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