Most of the news out of Oakland recently has revolved around Derek Carr and his contract situation. While signing him is seemingly a no-brainer, the Raiders and Carr’s camp have yet to make headway on an extension.
General manager Reggie McKenzie has come out and said that he wants Carr to play his entire career with the Raiders, meaning that it is highly unlikely he allows his franchise quarterback to leave. According to Anthony Galaviz of Fresno Bee, Carr decided to speak about the issue:
“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out. I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.”
Carr added that he is confident a deal will get done prior to the team’s training camp:
“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”
Carr is currently on his rookie contract as he was selected by them in the 2014 NFL Draft. His new extension, however, will be much more lucrative as it will be expected to be over $100 million. Andrew Luck signed a five-year, $123 million contract extension last year and will serve as a benchmark for Carr’s contract.
Both McKenzie and Carr seem certain that a contract resolution is simply a matter of when and not if, so fans should have little to worry about. While it has taken longer than expected to reach a deal, there is still plenty of optimism that Carr will remain in silver and black.