Raiders QB Derek Carr Disappointed Over Slow Negotiations for Contract Extension
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has expressed his desire to stay with the team for life but he's reportedly getting impatient about the slow pace of negotiations for a contract extension. Carr will play the final year of his rookie contract next season, where he will earn him $911,519.
The two camps have indicated their willingness to negotiate a long-term deal but NFL.com reported that there's no significant communication between Carr's agent and the Raiders in the last few weeks. Carr has been waiting for the Raiders to begin talks about a new deal after the completion of the 2017 Draft.
When asked about the status of Carr's contract, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie, through a team spokesman, declined to comment. Carr's agent, Tim Younger, was also mum about the status of the talks, saying "there is nothing new to report."
Earlier, McKenzie told CSN Bay Area that "serious talks" on a new contract for Carr will start after the 2017 Draft. "The communication has been ongoing, just talking about the philosophy of a contract and the thought process around it. Hopefully when the serious talks start going, then it's going to be easier," McKenzie said then.
Sources said the two camps have discussed the parameters of a new deal, which will make Carr the highest paid quarterback in the NFL, ahead of Indianapolis Colts' Andrew Luck's $24,594,000 annual average salary.
A second-round pick by the Raiders in 2014, the 26-year-old Carr has been named to the Pro Bowl the past two seasons. He tossed for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns with just six interceptions in 2016.
Carr led the Raiders to a 12-3 record before suffering a broken fibula in Week 16 against the Colts. He did not play in their 27-14 playoff loss to the Houston Texans but he has been cleared and expected to be ready for offseason workouts, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com.
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