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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr just signed a record-breaking deal with Oakland, but with the deal’s set up, it provides the opportunity for the Raiders to sign their young players to extensions, like Raiders guard Gabe Jackson.
During Carr’s press conference today, Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie mentioned that they will “start on [Jackson’s contract] ASAP,” per Las Vegas Review Journal’s Michael Gehlken.
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Derek Carr structured deal to help teammates' deals. McKenzie: "This affords us to do that. We'll start on that ASAP." Gabe Jackson is next.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) June 23, 2017
Carr’s contract has most of the money upfront and actually has an out after 2018, providing a possible time for Carr to restructure to keep or add talent. Therefore, there will be money available for Jackson and for the other young Oakland players whose contracts will expire.
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In addition, many teams’ offensive line suffers after they give their quarterback a payday because they don’t have enough money to go around. Consequently, teams can easily decline after not having the cap space to protect their quarterback, like the Seattle Seahawks have recently.
Luckily for Raider Nation, McKenzie has crafted a way to pay his MVP-caliber quarterback but keep the remaining players, like Jackson, that make the team special.