Derek Carr signs new contract: Raiders QB says he would have walked away from football if he hadn’t stayed in Vegas

We’ll never know if Derek Carr would have actually hung up his boots had he been forced to pursue his career outside of Las Vegas, not after Carr signed a three-year extension on Wednesday that will run through the 2025 season. .

Carr, sharing a conversation he had with his agent during contract talks, said that’s exactly what he would have done if he wasn’t going to stay with the Raiders, who drafted him with the 36th pick in 2014. Luckily for Carr, it never came to that, as the Raiders made Carr one of the highest paid players in the NFL.

“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, ‘Either I’m going to be a Raider or I’m going to play golf. I don’t want to play anywhere else. … I was very serious when I said that. I had a year left on my contract. If it was a year, it was going to be a year. Fortunately, it will be four more.”

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 franchise 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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