The Oakland Raiders and quarterback, Derek Carr, have finalized a five-year contract extension worth $125 million, making Carr the highest paid player in NFL history.
More power to Derek Carr, now wearing a virtual belt as the NFL’s highest-paid player.
Three years since he was passed over in the first round of the draft, the Oakland Raiders quarterback has cashed in with a five-year, $125 million extension that reflects productivity, potential, timing and the going rate. In the market place for the “Not For Long” business of pro football, you are what you can get guaranteed.
But if Carr is worth $25 million per year, then what could Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers command?
With other passers like Matthew Stafford and Kirk Cousins aligned for big contracts, Brady and Rodgers should be worth instant raises — if only it were that automatic.
Carr, 26, led the Raiders to their first winning season in 14 years in 2016, but he still hasn’t even started a playoff game. With his fractured ankle now healed, Oakland figures to come back strong for another run this season.
Brady, meanwhile, is the only quarterback in NFL history to win five Super Bowl rings, but he’ll average nearly $5 million less annually than Carr for the remainder of his deal. Of course, Brady ($20.5 million average) could have demanded more on his current deal. But in trying to avoid the type of predicament that stung Joe Flacco ($22.13 million), stretching New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft for every available cap dollar has not been his style. Plus, his supermodel wife Gisele Bunchden is reportedly worth $360 million.
But imagine the number if Brady were chasing NFL dollars, based on his skill and track record. Shoot, he’d be paid like a maxed-contract NBA superstar!
Then there’s Rodgers, with two league MVP awards to go with his Super Bowl…