What a difference a couple of weeks can make in the NFL. After week 3, Derek Carr led the NFL in the drive past and was widely considered an MVP favorite. The Las Vegas Raiders were 3-0 and looked like one of the best teams in the NFL. For the past two weeks, the team has been blown out by the Los Angeles Chargers and embarrassed at home by the Chicago Bears. Not only are those losses down to Carr, but there is no doubt that he didn’t play at the same level that we saw him in the first three games.
Carr is in an important year. His contract only runs for two years. Having an MVP caliber year would result in a massive payday for the seasoned quarterback. However, he won’t even bother about it at the moment. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Carr is postponing the contract talks to the off-season.
“Derek Carr has no plans to work on a contract extension with the Las Vegas Raiders during the season, League sources told ESPN,” wrote Schefter.
While there might be a lot to read in this Schefter update, it probably doesn’t mean much.
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Carr doesn’t enter into contract negotiations because he’s unsure if he wants to remain a raider. He made it clear that he won’t play for any other team. Schefter gave another insight into why the quarterback doesn’t want to have contract talks:
Ultimately, it’s good for the Raiders that Carr isn’t pushing for extra time. He won’t be playing for another team and they don’t have a lot of money to play with right now.
At the start of the season, it looked like Carr was ready to become one of the NFL’s highest-paid quarterbacks again. It becomes more and more unclear how much money the Raiders are willing to pay him. Carr has always had very high highs and low lows. He didn’t play terribly in the two losses, although some more excited fans might say.
The Raiders’ offensive line is a complete mess. Carr has been sacked 15 times this season, the highest number of sackings in five games in his entire career. Not many quarterbacks can overcome terrible pass protection. It’s easy to be down on Carr now, but he should pick up on things. If he finishes the season properly, he’ll have a contract extension ahead of him.
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