According to Ian Rapoport, the Raiders seem to be dead set on committing with Derek Carr as the starting quarterback and will begin talks on an extension following the hiring of Josh McDaniels as head coach and Dave Ziegler as general manager.
Rapoport adds Carr has earned a near-top of market extension based on his recent play, with perhaps a shorter-term deal making sense.
As of now, Carr is set to enter the final year of his contract in 2022, and he will earn just under $20 million.
Last year, the 30-year-old appeared in 17 games for the Raiders and completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 4,804 yards, 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
His play and leadership was good enough to get the Raiders in the playoffs, but would lose in their first game to the Cincinnati Bengals. Even though they lost, the season was seen as a success after head coach Jon Gruden had to step down following terrible emails he had sent out in the past.
Not to mention, Carr lost one of his best wide receivers in Henry Ruggs after the team released him following a drunken crash that led to the death of a young woman and her dog who burned to death.
Carr might not be elite, but he is exactly what the team needs going forward.