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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is expected to break the bank and sign a contract worth about $25 million per year with Oakland.
The yearly average would place him as the highest paid quarterback in the NFL just ahead of Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck who has a yearly average of $24.6 million.
Here is why Carr is worth every single penny that the Raiders are going to give him.
No. 3, Carr is the first domino
Once Carr officially signs his new deal, many pundits will be saying that he is resetting the quarterback market. They are correct with that statement as the next quarterback to sign, who is on Carr’s level, will be expected to get around $25 million.
It might take a while, but in a few years, Carr’s contract will look to be a bargain as the NFL’s current collective bargaining agreement (CBA) will expire in 2020. Recently, we have seen salary caps skyrocket after new CBAs, like in the NBA, which could make Carr’s contract look less impressive.
In addition, Carr is the first of the eligible quarterbacks to sign a deal this offseason. Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford and Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins still have deals left to sign.
They will look at Carr’s deal and expect more money from their teams.
Luckily, Oakland and Carr got their deal done first. Therefore, it won’t be Carr looking at the other deals expecting more, but it will be Stafford and Cousins who will be doing that.
No. 2, Carr is the real MVP
If one is to look around the NFL can they find a more valuable player than Carr?
The first two names people might throw out are Luck and New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
Luck and Carr have similar teams. They both have poor defenses and often have to carry the team offensively, yet Carr did the better job carrying his team as the Raiders won 12 games to the Colts’ eight.
In regards to Brady, the Raiders suffer far worse without their starting quarterback. When Carr went out, the team struggled to gain first downs. When Brady was suspended for the first four games, the team was still able to pull out three victories with their backup and third-string quarterback.
There is no other team in the league that hurts more when their starting quarterback goes down than Oakland. Without a doubt, Carr is amongst the league’s most valuable players and deserves to be paid like one.
No. 1, Carr earned his payday
Carr, over the past two seasons, has been one of the best quarterbacks in the league. Over that stretch, Carr has thrown for 7,924 yards and 60 touchdowns to just 19 interceptions.
He also revitalized a Raider franchise taking them to their first playoff appearance since 2003.
Carr was incredibly valuable, yet was playing on a rookie contract that only paid him $1.3 million per year, at least $20 million less than he should be valued.
Therefore, Carr deserves to cash in on a monster deal as he was being undervalued for the past two seasons and will be in 2017 until his new deal kicks in next year.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.