What Derek Carr’s massive deal could mean for Kirk Cousins, Washington Redskins
Derek Carr is about to land a huge contract with the Oakland Raiders that could greatly impact negotiations between the Washington Redskins and Kirk Cousins.
At one point or another, there was going to be a groundbreaking deal made for a quarterback that is relatively unproven. The NFL is a league that values the quarterback position far more than any other, rightfully so, but it has also made teams prone to making some absurd deals at the position. There was a time when Joe Flacco was the the highest paid quarterback in the NFL. That was borderline laughable, as he just happened to get hot at the right time and led his team to a Super Bowl title.
But anyway, I digress. The point is that teams sometimes make irrational, big money decisions in regards to quarterbacks. These deals are riskier than most of the others signed in the NFL, and it appears that another deal is close to being signed. This time, it features Derek Carr and the Oakland Raiders.
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Carr was a second round draft pick who started his career 0-10. He possessed a good skill set coming out of college, but there were some concerns that he may not be franchise quarterback material. However, after the poor start to his career, he has gone 22-15 and led the Oakland Raiders to prominence in the AFC West this past year. Had he not gotten hurt, there is a chance that the Raiders would have made it to the AFC Championship game.
So what is the price that the Raiders are putting on Carr? According to multiple reports, including one from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Carr is set to sign a deal that will make him the highest paid quarterback in the league. He is going to make $25 million per year, more than the record breaking deal recently signed by Andrew Luck. On Thursday, the signing was confirmed by Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. The contract details: five years, $125 million.
Of course, for the Washington Redskins, this means that the team will now have a new framework to negotiate a contract with Kirk Cousins. Based off what Carr is making, Cousins could stand to one up the deal, and that could be a problem for the Redskins.