What Does Derek Carr's Contract Mean For Kirk Cousins?

The price for Washington to keep Cousins might be going up.

The Oakland Raiders have made Derek Carr the richest player in the NFL history by signing him to a 5-year, $125 million extension to have him under contract in the Bay Area through the 2022 season.


Quietly, Kirk Cousins (and even Lions' Matthew Stafford) are jumping for joy as the $25 million per year average sets a standard that the Washington Redskins may deem too high to agree upon for a long-term deal; the deadline of which is less than a month away on July 17. On the other hand, this per year value was forecasted for some time now and may not change either sides way of thinking too much in current contract negotiations.

Carr has been the Raiders starter for three years now and posted an impressive 12-3 record last season by throwing for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns to only 6 interceptions. His completion percentage was 63.8 percent and his QBR was a 62.1 out of 100.

For comparison, Cousins has only been the full-time starter for two seasons in which he has a combined record of 17-14-1 while throwing for 4,917 yards and 25 touchdowns to 12 interceptions last year. He had a 67 percent completion percentage and 71.7 QBR.


Carr has been starting longer, but Cousins is asked to throw more frequently and has a longer track record of winning as the former was a combined 10-22 in his first two years as a starter. One significant advantage with Carr is that he is just 26, nearly three years younger than Cousins who will turn 29 in August. Moreover, Oakland got this deal done before the expiration of his rookie contract, which means Carr will still have one more year making around $1.2 million.

It will be interesting to see how much Carr gets guaranteed, but at least for now Carr is the highest paid player in NFL history ahead of Luck, Palmer, Brees, and Cousins who is currently sitting at just under $24 million thanks to his second franchise tag. Unless Washington was to offer a deal similar to Carr's, I do not see a deal getting done before the mid-July deadline, but only time will tell.

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