Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been a major talking point of the recent NFL headlines. The discussion around Carr is not without reason as he just became the highest paid player in NFL history and led Oakland to their first postseason appearance since 2003.
Now, Carr’s impressive resume is only growing, for he was ranked as the No. 3 best quarterback in the AFC last season, per Pro Football Focus.
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Carr is only behind arguably the greatest player of all time, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, and one of the most hyped No. 1 overall picks in NFL history, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
It is great to see Carr at No. 3, however, his rating is too low. He is a full 5.4 points behind Luck despite winning four more games and showing the ineptitude of Oakland without Carr under center.
Ultimately, Raider Nation should not be afraid of seeing Carr and Brady in the same sentence. Moving forward, Brady, Luck and Carr will be the kings of the AFC and will be compared relentlessly until the day Brady retires.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Carr had an impressive passer rating of 117.6 that helped him leapfrog Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, but placed him just behind New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
With the addition of Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, teams will have to load the box to stop the run. Therefore, it should open up the field for Carr to take more shots deep and improve his already great passer rating of 117.6.
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In addition, Oakland has added speedy Raiders wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson who can take the top off the defense. There is also Raiders tight end Jared Cook who will look stretch the field down the middle.
Not to mention, Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper will be entering his third season and is expected to take a giant step.
Without a doubt, Carr and the weapons around him are only going to be better in 2017.
With that being said, Carr will have a great shot to overtake Brady for the No. 1 spot next season. Maybe him jumping Brady as the best deep ball thrower will also help Oakland jump the Patriots as the No. 1 team in the AFC.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr and Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck are going to start being compared more often moving forward.
That is true not only because of some of their similar attributes, but also because of Carr’s current contract situation on the heels of Luck’s six-year $140 million contract.
As Carr gets prepared for his payday, here is a look at five reasons why Carr is more valuable than Luck.
No. 1, Carr turns the ball over less
The first and most glaring stat one must look at when comparing Luck and Carr each player’s propensity to turn the ball over.
Over the last three seasons, Carr has thrown 31 interceptions to Luck’s 41. Those stats also include Carr’s rookie season, which is often plagued by interceptions for quarterbacks, and Luck missing nine games in 2015 due to injury.
Carr is on an upward trend when it comes to taking care of the ball, totaling just six interceptions in 2016, whereas Luck’s interception total has been in the double digits for three straight seasons.
I don’t think there is much to say for this game. Ben Roethlisberger and the Steelers are getting healthier and healthier as the season goes on and we should only expect their team to get better. On the other hand, the colts without Andrew Luck will be miserable to watch. I believe without him they are arguably a worse team than the Cleveland Browns. Their offense has a running back 5 or 6 years past his prime, one good WR on the outside, and a terrible offensive line. Andrew Luck is the reason that this team is barely treading water. In addition, the defense is one of the worst in the league ranking 26th in points against, so when the offense keeps going 3 and out (this game) and the defense won’t get off the field, it will turn into an ugly day quickly. This will be a blowout from the beginning and expect a huge day from anyone wearing a Steelers jersey. It will be a tough thanksgiving for colts fans, and this game will make them even more thankful that they have Andrew Luck keeping them from the being the next Cleveland Browns. Steelers 31, Colts 10.
Minnesota at Detroit
I think Detroit will win this game in the end, but it will be another very tight Thanksgiving game that could easily go either way. Obviously, Minnesota is not as good of a team as we thought after the first 5 games of the season. Nevertheless, they still have an elite defense and Sam Bradford is no slouch as well. They are a good team, but their strength comes when they are at home and can get the crowd behind their defense. But they will be on the road this Thursday and I think that will be the factor in this game. Sam Bradford will struggle to move the ball on the Detroit defense making it so Matt Stafford will not have to score too many points to win the game. I trust Matt Stafford a lot more than I do Sam Bradford and since Detroit is at home, I see Matt Stafford leading Detroit to a game-winning drive with Matt Prater hitting a 50+ yard field goal to win the game. Detroit 20 Minnesota 17.
Washington at Dallas
This might be the game of the week. Dallas is on a roll recently, but have only beaten 1 team this year over .500 (They are 1-1 in those games). It will be a real test for the Cowboys at home, who will look to control time of possession and keep the red-hot Kirk Cousins off the field. I believe the below average Washington defense will struggle to contain Ezekiel Elliot. Kirk should be able to exploit an average Cowboy defense and keep the game close. However, I don’t believe enough in the Redskins, who are just barely an above average team to me. (I think Kirk is a good quarterback but too inconsistent to trust him and label him elite. Also, the defense just isn’t good enough to make up for not having an elite QB). In the end, I think this will be a very close game, but I like Dak and Ezekiel more than I like Cousins and trust the Cowboys’ defense more than I trust the Redskins’. Not to mention, the Cowboys get the advantage of being home on a short week. Cowboys 27-24.