Good quarterbacks are hard to find, and the Oakland Raiders are — despite still being very much the Raiders we all know and love — pretty good right now, so the time has come to “lock up” quarterback Derek Carr, in the parlance of our times.
That will require something in the realm of the five-year, $123 million contract to which the Colts signed Andrew Luck, if Adam Schefter is to be believed.
The Raiders are prioritizing a new deal for Carr after this season, the first time he’ll be able to sign an extension with Oakland, and a league source expects that deal “to be Luck-ish,” a reference to the five-year, $123 million contract that Andrew Luck signed with Indianapolis last summer.
Entering today, Carr, who is in his third season, is No. 5 in the NFL in passing yards (2,321), No. 3 in touchdown passes (17), No. 10 in completion percentage (66.3) and No. 5 in passer rating (100.9).
The Raiders are 6-2 and tied for the lead in the AFC West, and Carr is increasingly the subject of MVP talk.
Considering Carr is outperforming Luck as a passer and that his team is a good deal better than the Colts, Carr would do well to ask for a little more.