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Silver Minings: Happy anniversary to Derek Carr’s $125 million contract extension

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The Las Vegas QB signed a five-year deal on June 22, 2017

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The Las Vegas Raiders made history on Monday when they began to work at their new facility in Henderson, Nevada, marking another big step in their move to Las Vegas.

However, it wasn’t the first time June 22 that was a special day in team history.

As the Associated Press reported, Monday was the three-year anniversary of the Raiders signing quarterback Derek Carr to a five-year, $125 million contract extension in 2017. It was the richest contract in the NFL at the time that it was signed, but has been surpassed several times in the past three years.

According to, Carr’s deal is currently the 10th largest in the NFL heading into this season. The AP pointed out that the Raiders haven’t gotten great results on the field that they expected when they secured Carr, a second-round pick in 2014.

The Raiders are just 17-31 in the three seasons since the Carr extension and they have averaged just 18.8 points a game. Yes, of course, the losing and the lack of points scored are not all on Carr, but, for $25 million a year, the Raiders want to see his production increase toward the end of his contract. There is no reason — with improved weapons around him — that can’t happen this season.

In other Raiders’ links:

  • Not deep enough: USA Today looked at the top 11 deepest NFL teams. The Raiders didn’t make the cut.
  • Special stat: PFF ranks Raiders’ rookie receiver Henry Ruggs III atop of an impressive college football stat.
  • Jeff Heath is ready to go: New Raiders’ safety Jeff Heath is fired up for camp.
  • Look at this video now: Check out the hands on Maxx Crosby. Holy cow.
  • New digs: The Las Vegas Review Journal has a look at the Raiders’ first day in their Henderson facility.