Today Adam Schefter jumped on Twitter to get the ‘scoop’ out there that the Raiders are close to reaching a new deal with Derek Carr.
Raiders and Derek Carr are close to finalizing a deal expected to pay their quarterback about $25 million per year, per league sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 21, 2017
Derek Carr and Raiders still are finalizing language, but the record deal could be announced as early as the end of this week, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 21, 2017
Carr saw this and, in true Marshawn Lynch fashion, said not so fast.
Nothing done yet... trust me you will hear it here first.— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) June 21, 2017
If the deal is worth more than $24.6 million per season, it will be a new NFL record, surpassing that of Andrew Luck.
The assumption all along was that Carr would be cashing in and was expected to set a new record.
The former second round pick is three years into his four-year rookie deal, making him now eligible for a long term extension. Over those three years, he’s thrown for 11,194 yards, 81 touchdowns and 31 interceptions.
Last season, he led the Raiders to a 12-3 record with 6 comeback wins, 5 of which he threw the game-winning touchdown pass. It was the Raiders first trip to the playoffs in 14 years.
Update: Jason La Canfora chimed in to add some details to the deal. According to him, Carr’s deal will be just under $23 million per season over the first 3 years of a 5-year extension.
First three new years of Derek Carr's deal will come in just under $69M in full.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 21, 2017
The Derek Carr contract includes 5 new years for the Raiders QB.— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) June 21, 2017
That doesn’t mean Carr’s deal won’t ultimately surpass the Andrew Luck contract numbers of $24.6 per season. Those additional two years, Carr’s numbers could be much higher, which would raise the overall per year average of the contract.