The Las Vegas Raiders certainly look like one of the most dangerous teams in the AFC this upcoming season after making a number of moves to improve their roster.
The team made a blockbuster move in trading with the Green Bay Packers for star wide receiver Davante Adams, as well as signing free agent pass rusher Chandler Jones.
It seems like they are making a real play to keep up with the ever-improving AFC West and reports have come out on Wednesday that they are locking up quarterback Derek Carr for the foreseeable future.
NFL insider Ian Rapoport reports that Carr and the Raiders have agreed to the three-year contract extension worth $121.5 million that will keep him with the team through the 2025-26 NFL season.
The #Raiders and star QB Derek Carr have agreed to terms on a 3-year contract extension worth $121.5M, source said. The agreement ties Carr to Las Vegas through the 2025 season. He is already the longest tenured QB in the AFC. 💰 💰 💰
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 13, 2022
Carr is coming off of a year where he threw 4,804 yards, the most of his NFL career, with 23 passing touchdowns.
At over $40 million per year, this massive contract for Carr has many around the NFL world talking about whether or not he deserves that kind of money. Many believe that Carr is an underrated quarterback crucial to his team’s success, and this extension is fair for what he brings to the Raiders.
He earned that!https://t.co/wrh8wAUc9Z
— Dad-Teeof4 (@DTeeof4) April 13, 2022
— Darius Slay (@bigplay24slay) April 13, 2022
So happy for Derek. He’s handled a brutal situation with pure class. https://t.co/8JtWBtmo95
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 13, 2022
Another QB over the $40M/Yr mark. Derek no doubt deserves that bag. Been a baller and held that team together through one of the wildest seasons ever. https://t.co/p0mMzcZ3gE
— Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) April 13, 2022
However, others feel that this may have been too big of a contract for a quarterback who has yet to win a playoff game.
the AFC west is very happy about this https://t.co/yhaBNZOyAL
— Top floor boss🦇 (@Based_Vari) April 13, 2022
Chargers, Chiefs & Broncos are more excited about this than the Raiders https://t.co/PRvsk9qWAe
— ⚡️ (@Chargersfan_) April 13, 2022
What made Carr such a solid QB for Vegas was his insanely cap-friendly deal. Now, the Raiders are paying him the fourth-most among QBs, when he's the 12th-best QB in the league. https://t.co/WlLoeXedfo
— Bolt Beat (@BB_Chargers) April 13, 2022
The Raiders can be a real contender this season and Carr is a big part of that. Paying him to be there for the long-term future ensures that they will have stability for years to come, which should be exciting for Raiders fans if Carr continues to throw lots of touchdowns.