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Author: Jon Kuzma
Derek Carr is quickly realizing that the NFL is a business even if you’re an emerging superstar. Rumors out of Oakland are Carr is unhappy with the Raiders lack of enthusiasm when it comes to re-signing a long term contract and make no mistake about it that’s because Reggie Mckenzie wants to evaluate Carr’s recovery from a broken fibula. Carr endured that injury in late December against the Indianapolis Colts and the Raiders brass wants to take a wait and see approach when it comes to re-signing Carr for the long term. There’s no point in the Raiders handcuffing their future if Carr struggles to get back to the level he once was. While it’s clearly a smart decision by Oakland it’s also one that somewhat short changes Carr. Derek Carr was sensational last season throwing for 28 touchdowns and only 6 interceptions. Currently Carr is making a base salary of under 1 million dollars per season and when you compare that to guys of similar production it’s obvious that Carr is getting low-balled. For example Eli Manning threw for 28 touchdowns and 16 interceptions last season while netting a base salary of $13 million dollars annually. Manning was less productive but significantly compensated more than Carr and when you take that into account you can see why Derek Carr is a little frustrated with his team. Carr believes that he won’t skip a beat healing up from that leg injury and he also has very little doubt that he can get back to playing at a high level. With that mindset Derek Carr believes he has earned the right to long term deal and truthfully it’s hard to argue with him. At the end of the day though each side has an agenda that they are trying to execute and that can sometimes be objectives that aren’t in line with the other party. Hopefully the situation does get resolved and Carr can remain in Oakland with a new deal. However it could be some time before that contract actually gets hashed out. Medical concerns are very serious when you’re discussing players as commodities.
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