HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) Derek Carr performed at his best in a season of conflict. So the Raiders have given the veteran quarterback a three-year contract extension.
The extension, which has accumulated knowledge of the agreement, has raised $121.5 million, according to a reporter on Wednesday, under the condition of anonymity.
Carr fought back in his career-high 4,804 yards and 23 touchdowns as the Raiders advanced to the playoffs with a career-high 4,804 yards and 23 touchdowns as the offense slowed. In the postseason, the Raiders lost 1-0 against Cincinnati.
"I've only wanted to be a Raider once more, and I told my agent (Tim Younger), I said, "I'm either gonna be a Raider or I'm gonna be playing golf," Carr said during Wednesday's news conference. "That's how much this place teaches me."
Carr said that it pushed him to structure the contract so that the team might keep key components around him for a long time while building a "celebrity team."
"We made sure guys like Chandler (Jones), Davante (Adams), hopefully Hunter (Renfrow) and Foster (Moreau) can stay here," says Carr, the longest-tenured quarterback in the AFC. "I was diagnosed with a heartbreak shortly the last time I signed my contract, and my best friend (Khalil Mack) had left. I didn't want that to happen again.
This was an opportunity for me to show my support to the organization, to our supporters, that the way we're going to go about it, so we can keep everybody together and have real continuity, and that we can really build on it.
Carr, an eight-year veteran, was starting the final year of his contract, valued at nearly $19.8 million in base salary. That contract for five years at $125 million, which was the most profitable NFL during his contract in 2017.
If his contract was not extended, he said he told his agent he was willing to play out his contract.
I expected myself to be a Raider, and I am very confident enough to go out there for a year, especially with those who will be around me. I said I'll take that opportunity. Hopefully, we can continue on this and I can finish and just do what I set myself to do nine years ago, and that is, to win a championship.
The new arrangement strengthens his understanding of what veteran starting quarterbacks do throughout the league.
Carr has been a starter for nearly all of his time with the Raiders and has made three Pro Bowls.
Carr was the only quarterback in the league to finish among the top five in passing yards and completion percentage in 2021.
Carr holds franchise records for passing yards (31,700), passing touchdowns (193), games with multiple-touchdown passes (59), with a passer rating of at least 100 points (44) and 300-yard passing contests (31).
Last month, new Raiders coach Josh McDaniels emphasized the importance of finding the money for Carr. In a prepared letter, he reiterated that in a statement.
"Derek Carr has been the franchise's leader for a long time, and we are extremely pleased to continue the relationship," McDaniels said. "He has been a great example of someone who always puts the team first, and we appreciate his desire to keep doing that while leading on and off the field. It's clear how much Derek respects this organization, his teammates, and his success. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him this season and beyond."
Carr will be adding All-Pro Adams to his receiving group in a trade with Green Bay, and stand-out pass rusher Jones as a free agent.
Barry Wilner, the writer of the AP Pro Football, has contributed.
The Associated Press, W.G. Ramirez