Derek Carr signs extension: Raiders QB thrilled to stay in Las Vegas, lucky to work with Davante Adams

He was joking, but there was a touch of seriousness in Derek Carr’s voice when he shared a conversation he had with his agent during his recent contract talks with the Raiders. The conversation highlighted Carr’s desire to retire a Raider, a goal he came close to achieving on Wednesday after signing a three-year extension that will run through the 2025 season.

“I just wanted to be a Raider,” Carr, wearing a Raiders cap and black shirt, told the media shortly after signing his extension. “I said to my agent, ‘I’m going to be a Raider or I’m going to play golf. I don’t want to play anywhere else.'”

Carr keeps his day job, but he shared that he recently hit a hole-in-one on a recent golf outing, even though no one else was around to see it. We’ll have to take Carr at his word on his recent golf success, but clearly Carr hasn’t had to convince the Raiders brass that he’s the right player to quarterback for the Raiders for the foreseeable future.

The Raiders aren’t just committed to Carr, but they boosted his chances of success earlier this offseason with the acquisition of Davante Adams. Adams signed a five-year contract with Las Vegas shortly after being traded from Green Bay, where he was a five-time Pro Bowler while playing with four-time league MVP Aaron Rodgers.

“Honestly, it was like riding a bike,” Carr said of his recent pitching session with Adams, his favorite receiver during their time together at Fresno State. “The guy is so talented he makes me look better than I actually am. It’s a blessing to be able to play with him, not only the player he is, but he’s one of my best friends all over the world.

“We tried to plot and scheme this thing for a long time, but at the end of the day, we both loved our situations… but we always talked about it; one day, we were going to make it. The opportunity came, and we We worked hard to try to make it happen. The fact that it’s here is exciting. We had success together, but it was at the college level, completely different. But we have confidence that we can do it at this level too.

Despite his new contract, Carr said he will continue to work with an underdog mentality, a mentality that has helped him overcome several unique challenges during his career. Carr’s courage was on full display in 2021, when he led Las Vegas to a playoff berth despite a mid-season coaching change and Henry Ruggs III’s tragic car crash that led to his arrest. and upon his release from Las Vegas.

“Obviously we have to earn this spot (in the playoffs),” Carr said of the ’22 Raiders. “I don’t know what we were (last season), fifth seed or something. Hopefully we can win more than that this year, that’s always the goal. With this split , it will be tough, but we’re excited for this challenge.”

Carr is also excited to stay with the Raiders, a franchise hoping to take the next step toward winning their first Lombardi Trophy since January 1984.

“Raider Nation, I’m so excited to be able to be a Raider once, always a Raider,” Carr said. “I’m glad we can continue. We still have work to do. We have to build on the last two years. Excited to see what we can do, but there’s a lot of work to do.”

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