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Silver Minings: Raiders QB Derek Carr contract rumors are heating up

Carr is seeking $35 million or more, according to reports

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Rumors of a contract extension for Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr started on Sunday morning before the Super Bowl. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported that Dave Ziegler, Josh McDaniels and Carr worked on an extension.

With that information out in the open, we see numbers thrown around guessing the amount. After hearing rumblings around the negotiations, Jordan Schultz was the first one to drop a solid figure, citing $35 million-plus.

That seems high, but Kyler Murray is asking for $45 million-plus, to put it into context. To value Carr over Kirk Cousins and Jared Goff is fair, as many see him in the realm of those players.

It didn't stop there — Vinny Bosignore from the Las Vegas Review-Journal had the number of $40 million.

Carr's market value, according to Spotrac, is $31 million. The $40 million amount is a high number for him. However, it appears Mark Davis is back on the Carr bandwagon, especially now that McDaniels is the coach, which Rappoport mentioned in his article Sunday.

The benefit of this kind of extension is that it can open up the cap as part of a long restructure ... that can help the Raiders go into “win-now mode” right away. We will wait for the final decision.

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