Breaking news: Raiders player responds to reports of him being frustrated by contract talks
A day before the Raiders hold their first full-team practice of the spring organized team activities, the quarterback spoke to the Fresno Bee to say that he isn’t concerned about the pace of the negotiations for what figures to be a massive contract extension.
“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr told the Bee’s Anthony Galaviz. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.
“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”
Carr’s thoughts echo what McKenzie said in a radio interview on 95.7 The Game last week when he said, “we love Derek and we want to keep him and we’re going to do everything to make sure this contract gets done.”
The Raiders still have more than two months before Carr’s self-imposed deadline of the start of training camp. Carr has said he won’t be involved in any contract talks if things aren’t settled when the team convenes in Napa in late July.
A week ago, Michael Silver of the NFL Network caused a bit of a fury when he reported, citing two sources, that there had been “no significant communication” since the end of the draft (both parties agreed to hold off talks until after the draft) and that Carr was growing frustrated with the pace of talks.
Carr figures to get something in the range of the deal signed by the Indianapolis Colts’ Andrew Luck last off-season, which was for five years and nearly $123 million. He’s on the final year of his four-year rookie contract that will pay him a base salary of $977,519, which rates as an incredible bargain for a player who tied for third in the NFL MVP voting last year.