The Oakland Raiders found their franchise quarterback when they drafted Derek Carr in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft, but now they need to make sure they keep them.
Carr is heading to his final year of his rookie contract, making him eligible to receive an extension. General manager Reggie McKenzie has said that contract extensions for Carr and Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack remain priorities.Since Carr was a second-round pick, he didn't carry a fifth-year option by the team like the one already exercised on Mack.
Carr said earlier this offseason that he knows a contract will come when it's ready, and that he will be a 'Raider for life' but hopes it gets done before training camp in late July. Now, Mike Silver of NFL.com is reporting that Carr is growing 'frustrated' with the pace of contract talks between him and the team's front office.
McKenzie appeared on 95.7 The Game on Thursday, reiterating that he doesn't expect any problems coming to a deal with his star offensive player.
The fourth-year quarterback is certainly being underpaid with his rookie contract, earning under a million dollars -- a bargain for a quarterback that completed 64 percent of his passes with 28 touchdowns and just six interceptions while going 12-3 in his starts last year.
Carr could very well become the top-paid quarterback in the NFL when his extension comes, topping Colts' quarterback Andrew Luck's 6-year, $140 million contract signed last offseason.
The Raiders also have to sign All-Pro guard Gabe Jackson, which will make future roster and contract decisions even more difficult in the near future.