Derek Carr has date in mind to get extension done with Raiders

Derek Carr has date in mind to get extension done with Raiders

ALAMEDA – Raiders quarterback Derek Carr’s contract will get extended. There’s no doubt about that.

General manager Reggie McKenzie said serious contract talks will start after the NFL Draft. Carr has an idea when he hopes they will end. The team’s franchise signal caller would like a new deal done before training camp, when he prefers to shift focus entirely on football.

Carr said preliminary talks have been good, setting up what he believes will be an easy extension process. Carr’s agent Tim Younger will do the heavy lifting in this regard, but the quarterback said he’d like to stay involved during the process.

“The communication from both sides has been great,” Carr said Monday, the start of the Raiders offseason program. "They let me know exactly where they’re at, what they’re trying to do. We let them know where we’re at, what we’re trying to do. So, it hasn’t been hard. It’s been easy. Reggie sat down and talked to me. It’s not like some divide or anything. We’re a family, so we’re just trying to figure all of that out. We’ll let the draft happen. Reggie said he wanted to do it after the draft. They’ve been talking a little bit to build it, but I’ll let them handle that and hopefully it just gets done before training camp. Because, once football, training camp starts, I won’t even answer my phone if it has to do with that.”

Carr will start pulling some serious cash, likely with a nine-figure contract that keeps him in silver and black a long, long time. Carr is aware those figures could be high.

“It makes me just super grateful,” Carr said. “I know that that’s going to help a lot of people. I get overwhelmed by it because I know how many people that will help. Not only with my family, my wife’s family, around this country. Even in Haiti, I have a heart for those people in Haiti who I love dearly and that’s the cool thing to me is that we’ll be in a cool position to where we can help a lot of people.”

McKenzie would like to extend the top three picks from his excellent 2014 draft class. The Raiders can exercise a fifth-year option on first-round pick Khalil Mack and will do so by May, but third-round pick Gabe Jackson is also due a big payday.

Carr is first up, though there’s other money earmarked for other guys. That has limited the Raiders some in free agency, keeping them from locking down some other needs. McKenzie prefers to reward his own players over getting new guys, especially at key positions like quarterback and edge rusher. Mack knows his time will come, with a Von Miller-esque contract likely on the horizon.

Mack’s new deal won’t coincide with Carr’s, but the reigning NFL defensive player of the year isn’t stressing about it right now.

“That’s the whole point, to stay focused,” Mack said. “I’m not even really worried about that. That stuff will take care of itself. You have agents and those types of people to worry about for you. That’s the whole point with us for sure. You can talk about it here and there, the focus really comes down to winning ball games and grinding with your teammates and brothers and making this experience worth a lifetime. You have to approach this season like it’s your last.”

 

Raiders offensive lineman next in line for extension with Carr's deal done

Raiders offensive lineman next in line for extension with Carr's deal done

The Raiders locked up Derek Carr last week, signing their franchise quarterback to a five-year, $125 million contract extension.

He isn’t the only member of the 2014 draft class worthy of a raise. Edge rusher Khalil Mack will get a big one, likely at some point next offseason. The Raiders have some time with Mack after exercising a fifth-year contract option available for first-round picks.

General manager Reggie McKenzie didn’t have that luxury with Carr, and his 2014 second-round pick cashed in before formally entering a contract year.

Right guard Gabe Jackson could do the exact same thing. McKenzie prefers to draft, develop and reward homegrown talent, and the 2014 third-round pick should be next in line to do so.

McKenzie has said back in March that he’d like to extend Jackson’s contract, though there isn’t a deadline to do so.

“There’s no timetable,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “But, I alluded to earlier in the offseason that Gabe is one of the guys I want to get locked up.”

That could happen later this offseason, or further into training camp. Despite paying Carr an NFL-record $25 million in 2017, his contract is structured in such a way that there’s room for another offseason extension. That was important for Carr, that the Raiders can sign other members of this young core.

“We figured out a way to do it,” Carr said, “so that we have the opportunity to sign the other guys that I think are important to this organization.”

The Raiders have roughly $18 million in salary cap space after the Carr deal. Some of that is earmarked for the team’s top three draft picks, which remain unsigned to this point. A large sum could go to Jackson as incentive to sign up early, well before he’s eligible to hit the unrestricted free agency.

The offensive guard market is booming, with bigger deals going to a position group generally lower than other spots on the offensive line. The Raiders contributed to that inflation in 2016, signing left guard Kelechi Osemele to a five-year, $58.5 deal with $25.4 million in guarantees.

Osemele is one of eight guards with contracts worth $40 million or more, a list that includes two right guards. Jackson played left guard – the more valued position – until Osemele showed up. He moved to the right without complaint.

Jackson thrived there as well. He didn’t allow a sack in 2016, according to analytics site Pro Football Focus, with 27 quarterback pressures in 735 pass-blocking snaps. Jackson has been a strong run blocker as a pro, where he has started 44 games in three NFL seasons.

Finding proper value to entice Jackson to sign while remaining on budget is McKenzie’s next task, trying to keep a valuable offensive lineman in place for years to come.

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

Carr plans to spread new wealth after Raiders contract extension

ALAMEDA – Derek Carr isn’t one for extravagance. The low-key Raiders quarterback already has some nice cars, a house and some luxury items to his name, but signing a $125 million contract extension Friday morning won't prompt a spending spree.

Cornerback Sean Smith suggested he get a Bugatti. That’s a $1 million car.

“Yeah,” Carr said with a smirk. “That’s not going to happen.”

That isn’t the 26-year old’s style. Carr had a his own plan after signing on the dotted line.

“I’ve been eating clean,” Carr said. “I’ll probably get Chick-fil-A.”

That makes sense. This is a guy who celebrated his first NFL victory with a trip through a Carl’s Jr. drive-in.

There will be other purchases. His wife Heather will get something nice in the near future. His family, especially Heather and sons Dallas and Deker, will be taken care of for life.

After all that, Carr plans to spread the wealth.

“The exciting thing for me moneywise, honestly, is this money is going to help a lot of people,” Carr said. “I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands because it’s going to help people. Not only in this country, but in a lot of countries around the world. That’s what’s exciting to me.”

Carr and former Raiders running back Latavius Murray took a missionary trip to Haiti, an impoverished nation had a profound impact on the star quarterback.

“I’ve been down to Haiti and I’ve seen some of those struggles that they have and the kids there, and my heart just… I cry sometimes thinking about it,” Carr said. “So, just knowing that we can go down there and make a difference and help, those are the kind of things that the money makes me kind of like, ‘Oh my gosh.’ Because now we can really do some things to help a lot of people.”

He plans to support those in that area, in addition to global and domestic charities he has been involved with over the years. Don’t expect a press release accompanying every donation. Carr would rather keep those decisions private.

“I’m going to do my best to make sure no one knows what we do with it,” Carr said. “I’ll just say this, I can assure you that it’s going to help a lot of people. I’m not stingy. My business manager will probably be on me saying, ‘Hey man, that’s enough.’ I won’t get into when, how or why. It’s not all about that for me. It’s about making a difference. That’s what’s exciting for me is that we’ll be able to do that.”