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Silver Minings: AFC West quarterbacks salary vary

Derek Carr is a relative bargain

NFL: AUG 31 Preseason - Seahawks at Raiders
Derek Carr, Russell Wilson
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There is no divisional group of quarterbacks that has more anticipation, heading into the 2022 NFL season, than in the AFC West,

With the Denver Broncos trading for star quarterback Russell Wilson, the AFC West is loaded as he joins the Las Vegas Raiders’ Derek Carr, Kansas City Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes and Los Angeles Chargers’ Justin Herbert.

There is no doubt, it’s the best overall group of quarterbacks of any of the eight divisions in the league. There is also an interesting financial element in the division. Mahomes, Wilson and Carr (who have all received, at least, two NFL contracts) are in the top 11 in the league as noted recently by NFL analyst Warren Sharp.

Carr, who did redid his contract this year, is a pretty nice bargain with a salary-cap hit of less than $20 million. Herbert, of course, is on his rookie deal, so the Chargers have been able to do some nice work. But that will change soon. So, before we know it, the AFC West will be home to four well-paid quarterbacks.

Other Raiders links:

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  • Gruden-Brady theory: Chris Simms, who played for Jon Gruden, thinks he knows why former Raiders’ coach Jon Gruden reportedly passed on signing Tom Brady in 2020.