Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has agreed to a contract extension that now makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history.
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Andrew Luck’s reign as the NFL’s highest-paid player lasted just one year. But Derek Carr’s tenure with that title — he agreed to a pact that will average $25 million annually Thursday — could be far shorter. Several players could receive massive contracts in the near future, perhaps even by the end of the summer.
A look at quarterbacks poised to cash in next:
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions: He could sign a deal that eclipses Carr’s soon, and general manager Bob Quinn said recently that he was confident a contract will get done. Stafford is scheduled to make $16.5 million in 2017, the final year of the contract extension he signed in 2013. But now that Carr’s pact is done, Stafford and the Lions have the framework of a deal he can expect to receive.
Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers: He is under contract through 2019 but is compensated below market value (Rodgers averages $22 million annually) for a player of his caliber. And with a salary cap that continues to balloon, he has a good case that he deserves a new deal. “When it comes to setting the market values, I let that stuff take care of itself. I know my value in this league and I know the team appreciates me,” Rodgers said earlier this month, according to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. “I’m going to continue to make myself an indispensable part of this roster. When you do that, when your time comes up to get a contract, you usually get a contract extension.”
Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins: He heads into this season playing on the franchise tag for the second consecutive year. Cousins has until July 17 to sign a long-term contract with Washington, otherwise he will play on the…