Oakland Raiders reward QB Derek Carr with record $125 million deal

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His along with Carr's would be an immediate hit on the Raider's cap space.

Under his original rookie contract, Carr was slated to earn less than $1 million in 2017.

"The bottom line is we're able to continue to move forward with it, keep all the players that we need to keep in the correct timing", Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said.

ESPN's Mike Reiss projected that a fair deal for Garoppolo on the open market might fall between the $19 million that was guaranteed to Chicago's Mike Glennon and Carr's contract, which includes $40 million fully guaranteed and $70 million in total guarantees, per NFL Media.

Interestingly, Newton was among those singing Carr's praises last season after David Carr's younger brother rallied the Raiders against the Panthers in Week 12.

Wait a minute: Is Carr suggesting Russell Wilson cares more about his stats than winning?

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr had a $125 million smile on his face Friday morning as he signed a contract extension that made him the highest paid player in the NFL. "If I can get even one kid to understand that, I've done my job".

"It's more than just a team to me; it's family". We figured out a way to do it so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization.


Carr is excited about the idea of using him to balance the offense and said so in a recent interview.

Now that Carr is the highest paid player in National Football League history, let's look at his major accomplishments to this point, via the Raiders' Twitter account.

CARR on the talks: "Both sides just wanted it to get done".

The scary part about all of this is that "DC" is only 26 years of age, and we surely are yet to see the best of him.

The Raiders also hope to extend two more members of a star-studded 2014 draft class.

Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack likely will be next to get a new contract along with offensive guard Gabe Jackson. The promising quarterback is under contract through the team's scheduled 2020 relocation to Las Vegas and into the 2022 season.

Last year's run was derailed when Carr broke his leg in the second-to-last game of the regular season and the Raiders then lost their first playoff game in Houston. Carr went on to win the game in walk-off fashion by throwing a 41-yard touchdown pass to Seth Roberts. He has shown dramatic improvement each season in his career after an up-and-down rookie campaign when he threw 21 TD passes, but averaged only 5.5 yards per attempt.

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