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HENDERSON, Nev. – A tried and true, dynamic playcaller to help solve the red zone problems?
A trusted playmaker who might be the best receiver in the NFL?
Do not doubt.
A contract extension that ensures you are paid at market value and gives you comfort and obligation?
You better believe it.
It has so far been a wild and satisfying offseason for Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, who has got Josh McDaniel’s services as his head coach, Davante Adams at wideout and yes, the three-year extension of $ 121.5 million on Wednesday. . All this brings up a well-known refrain …
Not anymore. apologies.
Not that Carr himself has ever gone public with an apology, mind you, it’s just … they’ve always been baked into his Raiders career.
Stop us when we lie.
From broken bones in his pinky, legs and back, to broken relationships with wideouts like Michael Crabtree, Amari Cooper and Antonio Brown, to whatever it was that went down near Washington, DC, at the height of the protests during the national anthem, to team-building after team-building, to a leaky offensive line, to an often generous defense, to Jon Gruden’s emails, to Henry Ruggs III’s fatal car accident and subsequent release.
Now? Carr – whose $ 40.5 million new money a year on average places him in fifth place among quarterbacks, behind Green Bay Packers ‘Aaron Rodgers (plus $ 50.2 million), Cleveland Browns’ Deshaun Watson ($ 46 million), Kansas City Chiefs. ‘Patrick Mahomes ($ 45 million) and the Buffalo Bills’ Josh Allen ($ 43 million) – has everything he could have ever asked for in this (professional) life.
And the Raiders, who have privately complained about checkdowns, fourth-down boxes and revenue as much as they have celebrated Carr’s 24 comeback victories over his eight-year career, have essentially given themselves a four-year window to win a Super Bowl.
A match they have not played in since the 2002 season. One they have not won since 1984, when Ronald Reagan was president.
Carr also reiterated that he only wanted to be a Raider and that he was “crazy enough” to be willing to play the final year of his deal this season without an extension.
“I said to my agent, ‘either I want to be a Raider, or I have to play golf. I do not want to play anywhere else,'” he said. “So much does this place mean to me.
“I hope people can hear my heart on the fact that I was dead serious when I was [said] to. I had a year left of my contract; if it were a year, it would be a year. Fortunately, there will be four more. Hopefully we can build on what I can finish and just do what I set out to do nine years ago. And that was winning a championship. “
Carr, who turned 31 last month, owns pretty much every record in franchise history … but has a career record of only 57-70 – the 70 losses are most of a quarterback in his first eight seasons and are already tied with Jeff George for most with a QB in his first nine – and is 0-1 in the off-season.
The 26-19 loss in the wildcard round to final AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals in January was a microcosm of his career. He led the Raiders to the abyss of a goal, keeping his team competitive with a first-and-goal on the 9-yard line before nailing the ball on the first down (the Raiders wanted him to run a game clockwise), never seen tight end Darren Wallers way in the series and threw an interception on fourth down shorts of end zone with 12 seconds to play.
Then again, Las Vegas would not have been in such a position without Carr’s late heroics as he helped lead the Raiders to an NFL record of six walk-off victories in 2021.
Carr reflected on being bypassed in the first round eight years ago and landing with the Raiders, who then called Oakland home.
“I do not know why, but I just wanted to go down there,” he said. “I thought I would be a part of fixing it. I want to help them get back to the playoffs and become a winning franchise again.
“We’ve proven it in a hurry, but I think it’s time we just do it more consistently … we’re in the middle of what I dreamed of doing. I wanted to be someone when all was said and done. done, my name would be at the top of a lot of lists on some statistics sheets.And then I would have trophies.We have not done any of those things yet but I would put my stamp on this organization.I have got four more years for it possibility.
Such is the polarizing factor of Carr in Raider Nation, who either loves or detests him. And that fan base will have another four years to get into and sort through its emotions.
Fasten your seatbelts.