Raiders sign Derek Carr to four-year rookie contract

Raiders sign Derek Carr to four-year rookie contract
May 21, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Dennis Allen stated on Saturday that Matt Schaub is the Raiders startin QB and Derek Carr's job is to get better. (TONY GONZALES/RAIDERS)

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Derek Carr is officially under contract. The Raiders second-round pick and hopeful franchise quarterback of the future signed on the dotted line Wednesday afternoon, becoming the fifth member of the eight-man 2014 draft class to finalize his deal.

Carr’s four-year contract is slotted in accordance with the NFL’s rookie wage scale, and the Fresno State alum is expected to make $5.371 million over the life of the deal. According to, Carr will receive a $2.226 million signing bonus and a $420,000 base salary in 2014.

“I feel great,” Carr said in a statement released by the team. “I’m excited. I’m excited that this part of it is over and now we can just get to work and focus on winning games and getting better every day.”

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Carr will develop behind veteran quarterback Matt Schaub, who has already been declared the 2014 starter and second-year pro Matt McGloin.

The Raiders plan to bring the 6-foot-3, 214-pound passer along slowly to better acclimate him to the NFL and improve his chances of success. The Raiders haven’t drafted and properly developed a franchise quarterback in decades.

Carr is a hard worker clearly committed to buck that trend. He has the arm strength and athleticism to do so in time. The Raiders are currently trying to strengthen the offense around him, starting with the offensive line.

Carr will continue with the Raiders offseason program, which ramps up next week with the first in a series of Organized Team Activities.