The speculation and rumors can finally come to an end concerning the immediate future for veteran quarterback Derek Carr. The Las Vegas Raiders chose to do right by the three-time Pro Bowler on Wednesday, signing him to a lucrative three-year contract extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com.
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. 💰 💰 💰
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 13, 2022
Once the Raiders made the bold and game-changing move to acquire Davante Adams in a trade with the Green Bay Packers, it seemed like a foregone conclusion that the next move made by the storied franchise was to sign Carr to an extension. Although the signing may have still happened even if the team didn’t acquire arguably the NFL’s best wide receiver and former college teammate of Carr, the rumors were swirling about teams around the league interested in trading for the veteran gunslinger.
Fortunately for Las Vegas, everything went according to plan with their star quarterback, who will almost certainly be floating on cloud nine after inking this deal while also being able to play alongside his close friend for the foreseeable future.
The one interesting thing about Carr’s new deal with the Raiders is that he was able to secure a no-trade clause. This means even if things don’t work out the way the team hopes with Carr under center, the Fresno State product will have all the leverage in potential trade talks in the same way Deshaun Watson and new division rival Russell Wilson had when they were traded this offseason.
Although it may seem questionable for the team to give Carr the no-trade clause, there’s no doubt the team is confident in their starting quarterback moving forward. The future may be bright in Las Vegas, with the Raiders putting together a solid foundation to be a perennial playoff contender, if not a legitimate title threat in the stacked AFC.