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Derek Carr contract extension predictions heat up

Spotrac projects that the Raiders QB will get a five-year, $160 million deal.

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There has been talk for months that the Las Vegas Raiders could give quarterback Derek Carr a contract extension this offseason.

That talk picked up major steam on Monday when contract website Spotrac tweeted a projected extension with numbers for Carr, who has two more seasons left on his contract. Spotrac predicts that Carr will get a five-year, $160 million deal.

Now, this wasn’t a report, but merely an educated guess. There doesn’t appear to be any new deal close to being finalized.

Yet, don’t be surprised if the Raiders do get something done with Carr, who turns 30 next month, and who is coming off one of his best seasons despite Las Vegas missing the playoffs.

The Raiders have turned down trade interest in Carr and appear to be committed to him, so a new deal makes sense.

Carr has stated that he doesn’t think he’ll ever play for another team and he loves the raiders. So, he would likely be interested in securing his future early, and as Vinny Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal pointed out, getting a new deal done with Carr now could benefit the Raiders’ salary cap.

Again, nothing appears close, but don’t be shocked if this is a major story at some point this offseason.