OAKLAND (CBS SF) — While there was no official announcement early Thursday, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr took to social media hinting he has reached an agreement on a new contract with the NFL team.
League sources had told ESPN on Wednesday that Carr and the team were near an agreement on a contract extension that would pay him $25 million a season for 5 years making him the NFL’s highest paid player.
Early Thursday, Carr tweeted: “Now it’s done 😂! From the jump I’ve wanted to be a Raider 4 life. One step closer to that! Blessed!!! Business done! Let’s just play now!!!”
His brother David tweeted his congratulations.
The 26-year-old, two-time Pro Bowler has been the architect of the Raiders resurgence. He was leading Oakland into what looked like a long post-season run when he broke his leg during a regular season game on Christmas Eve. The injury robbed the Raiders of their momentum and they fell in their first playoff game.
During his 3-year career, Carr has thrown for 11,194 yards, 81 touchdowns and 31 interceptions and is seen by many as the linchpin of Oakland’s hopes toward a Super Bowl appearance at the end of the upcoming season.
Carr was heading into the final year of rookie contract and was slated to make less than $1 million this year.
The Raiders are counting on Carr to be the face of the franchise when it moves to Las Vegas for the 2020 season and are paying him that way. The $25 million per year in new money is the richest contract ever in the NFL, beating out the $24.8 million a year Andrew Luck got from Indianapolis.