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July 26 2017, 10:38 | Jonathan Williams
How this won't be Derek Carr's only 100 Million Dollar Contract
Oakland Raiders franchise quarterback Derek Carr has never been extravagant in how he chooses to spend his money, and despite the $125 million contract he just signed fans shouldn't expect for that to change.
"This is a big day for Raiders nation", said Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie. "I just wanted to get mine done and make sure the team had the flexibility to make sure my friends stayed around".
Carr tweeted that an agreement had been reached to add five years to his current rookie deal that expires after this season. He's shown himself to be a franchise passer through his first three seasons, and every time the next franchise passer comes up for an extension, he (and the agent) use the most recent market-setting contract as a benchmark, For the most part, these QBs do not accept a deal that pays less. "If one kid can understand what I'm trying to tell them by saying that, I think I've done my job". "You can give me a dollar, you can give me $25 million, it doesn't matter to me".
Consider: Since Rich Gannon literally broke his neck on September 26, 2004 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 15 different men had started under center for the Raiders, with nary a one tasting the success Gannon, the 2002 NFL MVP, had in Oakland.
Carr's largest base salaries are pushed to 2019 and beyond, and the Raiders' Las Vegas stadium is now scheduled to open in 2020, so most of the base-salary money will be paid when the Raiders are taking in their Vegas money.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) addresses the media at minicamp press conference at the Raiders practice facility.
The pact is even backloaded to allow Carr to avoid Nevada state taxes when the team moves.
Newton received $60 million in guarantees, including $41 million guaranteed at signing - compared to $70 million in guaranteed money, and $40 million at signing for Carr. Carr had imposed a deadline of the start of training camp in late July. Not to mention his record-setting season in 2016, in which he became the first player in National Football League history to throw five game-winning touchdowns in either the 4th quarter or overtime in a single season. However, he suffered a broken fibula in Week 16, forcing him to miss Oakland's playoff loss to the Houston Texans. Leading up to the game, the winless Raiders were major underdogs, as the Chiefs were considered a top two team in the AFC. Thus far in his young career, he has mustered 81 touchdowns, over 1,000 completions and over 11,000 yards passing. He has shown dramatic improvement each season in his career and was at his best past year when he led seven fourth-quarter comebacks while completing a career-high 63.8 percent of his passes.
Carr also threw for four touchdowns without an interception making him just the third quarterback ever to throw for over 500 yards and four touchdowns without an interception.