Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has gotten off to a great start this season, but that doesn’t mean he’s going to seek a new contract ASAP. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Carr has zero intention of working on an extension during the season.
Schefter notes multiple reasons why Carr won’t be seeking a new deal right now:
Carr has the 2021 and 2022 seasons remaining on his contract, worth more than $40 million in total; he signed a five-year, $125 million deal in 2017 that made him the NFL’s highest-paid player at the time.
The Raiders also presently are up against the salary cap; their cash situation improves after this season, and they will have more to spend with the influx of money that their arrival in Las Vegas has brought. The NFL’s salary cap also is expected to rise in each of the next two years.
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The Raiders quarterback does plan on seeking a new contract after this season. He has said in the past that he would like to play for the franchise for his entire career.
Carr is currently first in the NFL in passing yards per game with nearly 350. He has tossed eight touchdowns to three interceptions and holds a quarterback rating of 98.1. The Raiders took a step back in Week 4 against the Los Angeles Chargers, so Carr and Co. are hoping to get back on track against the Chicago Bears on Sunday afternoon.