Raiders quarterback Derek Carr becomes the highest paid player in NFL history

After three years in the league, Carr just got paid.

Carr will make $25 million per year.
Carr will make $25 million per year.
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The Raiders quarterback has signed a five-year, $125 million extension according to multiple NFL insiders including Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer.

The deal moves Carr above Colts QB Andrew Luck as the league’s highest paid player in terms of average money per year.

The 26-year old has only been in the league three years, but secured a first playoff place in a decade for his team last year, before breaking his leg in the penultimate game of the 2016 regular season.

In his time in the league, Carr has thrown for over 11,100 yards, 81 touchdowns and 31 interceptions behind one of the best offensive lines in the NFL after being drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL.

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It’s because he was drafted in the second round that the Raiders needed to get the deal done this season. Their first round pick that season — Khalil Mack — is under contract until after the 2018 season [first round picks can be kept for an initial five years].

However, Mack — regarded as one of the top-three defensive players in football — will also command a big pay day, as will standout wide receiver Amari Cooper and guard Gabe Jackson in the coming seasons.

After decades in the doldrums, these are good problems for Raiders general manager to have.

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