Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, citing a source with knowledge of the situation, reports that the Raiders are expected to focus on signing QB Derek Carr to a long-term extension before turning their attention to a new contract for OLB Khalil Mack.
Florio mentions that the Raiders have the ability to add another year to Mack’s rookie contract by picking up his fifth-year option next April. However, Carr will also be entering the final year of his rookie contract, but Oakland doesn’t have a fifth-year option for Carr, considering that he was a second-round pick.
If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement on a long-term deal with Carr, there’s no question he’ll be franchised in 2018, as he’s proven to be among the best young quarterbacks in the game.
Last we heard, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Raiders were “prioritizing” an extension for Carr after this season, so this doesn’t come as a big surprise.
Schefter’s source said he expects Carr’s next contract “to be Luck-ish,” which means he could come close to Luck’s five-year, $123 million contract he signed last summer.
Carr is currently in the MVP discussion and has the Raiders in good shape to make a postseason run.
Carr, 25, is a former second-round pick of the Raiders back in 2014. He’s currently in the third year of his four-year, $5,371,802 contract and stands to make a base salary of $733,746 for the 2016 season.
In 2016, Carr has appeared in 12 games and thrown for 3,375 yards while completing 65.5 percent of his passes to go along with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 6 quarterback out of 35 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding new contracts for Carr and Mack as the news is available.