Nearly a month after orchestrating a blockbuster trade to reunite quarterback Derek Carr with college teammate and five-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Davante Adams, the Las Vegas Raiders have taken care of their quarterback in another big way.
Carr and the team on Wednesday agreed to a three-year contract extension worth $121.5 million, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to disclose financial terms of the agreement.
Carr was entering the final year of his contract and set to earn $19.77 million.
He and the Raiders endured a tumultuous 2021 season, which featured the early-season resignation of coach Jon Gruden after the revelation of old emails containing racist, homophobic and misogynistic language. Carr helped provide a stabilizing presence for the team, which under the direction of interim coach Rich Bisaccia still managed to go 10-7 and reach the playoffs, ending a five-year drought.
In January, the Raiders hired former New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who has publicly professed his support for Carr.
“Derek Carr has been the leader of this franchise for a long time and we are thrilled to continue that relationship moving forward,” McDaniels said in a statement. “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 is clear how much Derek cares about this organization, his teammates and winning. I look forward to the opportunity to work with him this season and beyond.”
Now, Las Vegas brass has backed up that vote of confidence by ensuring their eight-year starter will remain as the face of the franchise for the foreseeable future.