Raiders reward QB Derek Carr with record $125 million deal

Derek Carr has been the talk of the town since he became the highest-paid player in the National Football League this week, signing a five-year contract worth over $125 million.

In the deal, Carr will get $40 million fully guaranteed at signing.

The 26-year-old franchise quarterback for the Oakland Raiders has ascended quickly after being taken in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, and he's considered to be one of just a handful of young QBs in the league right now that look appears capable of becoming a transcendent talent. Jackson, a former third-round pick, is entering the final year of his deal.

Wilson's deal was the NFL's second-largest at the time in terms of per-year average at $21.9 million just behind the $22 million of Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers.

Thanks to Carr, they "figured out a way to do it so [the organization has] the opportunity to sign the other guys" that help the team win, like the aforementioned players. Indianapolis Coltsquarterback Andrew Luckhad topped the list at $24.6 million. Wilson also is likely to fall further behind Cousins (who is expected to be tagged for at least $28.73 million next season, sign a new deal with Washington topping that number or move on elsewhere) and possibly Rodgers, who the Packers may have to do something with sooner rather than later.

The Vikings spent the offseason exploring every option to give Bradford better circumstances this season by hiring his coordinator-for-life Pat Shurmur as the full-time OC, signing Latavius Murray, drafting Dalvin Cook, two receivers and a tight end and signing two tackles.

"Both sides wanted to get a deal done", McKenzie said.

In 2016, Carr led the Raiders to a 12-4 record as the team earned its first trip to the postseason since 2002.

Carr's value to Oakland, however, was never more apparent than after his broken leg, as the Raiders, who promptly lost backup Matt McGloin to injury one week later, were dismantled by Houston in the playoffs behind overmatched fourth-round rookie Connor Cook. I don't care if I throw 10 touchdowns next year.

  • Julie Sanders