A new contract dance between the Raiders and Carr is underway – GV Wire

Coach Josh McDaniels said the Las Vegas Raiders are trying to build around quarterback Derek Carr and are looking for the “sweet spot” to find an acceptable contract extension that won’t hamper the franchise going forward.

Carr is entering the final season of a five-year, $125 million extension that was the richest in the NFL when he signed it in 2017 but is now well below the going rate for quarterbacks. veteran starters.

McDaniels said Carr fits what he was trying to build in Las Vegas and is looking forward to developing their long-term relationship.

“I think at the end of the day you try to do what’s best for the team and I think both sides have to do what’s best for them,” he told reporters during of the NFL owners meeting in Palm Beach, Florida.

“When we get into these conversations with Derek, Derek is going to have to make decisions about what’s best for him. It’s every man’s right, and they should do it for their family. At the same time, we have to try to do what’s right for the team, and there will be a sweet spot in there, hopefully for everyone, and we’ll be happy to move forward like that.

Carr’s agent tweets his response

Carr’s agent, Tim Younger, responded on Twitter shortly after McDaniels’ comments were made public.

“Clubs always do ‘what’s best for the team’ in every situation,” Younger said. “Players (even QBs) don’t expect teams to do ‘what’s best for the player’. Successful negotiations always end in a ‘sweet spot’. That said, our practice is to not publicly comment on ongoing negotiations.”

Carr, who turned 31 on Monday, has passed for 4,000 yards the past four seasons and progressed by being more aggressive pushing the ball down. But the former Fresno State standout has been turnover-prone and ineffective in the red zone for the past two years.

The Raiders hope McDaniels can correct those flaws in his first year as head coach and that this will lead to more success for the team. The Raiders made the playoffs last season for only the second time in Carr’s eight years as a starter and haven’t won a playoff game since the 2002 season.

McDaniels wants to win big now

The Raiders made a big addition this offseason by trading for Carr’s former college teammate Davante Adams, giving the team the top-flight outside receiver that has been missing in recent years.

It was an aggressive move that signaled McDaniels was not interested in a long-term rebuild after taking over the team in January.

“If you’re not trying to win, I don’t know what you’re doing at this point,” he said. “I think we’re all in this mode of trying to do what’s best for our football team so that we can compete and win as many games as possible. That’s what they pay us for.”

Other comments from McDaniels

McDaniels touched on several other topics during his first media availability since starting free agency.

–McDaniels has been closely following the arms race in the AFC West that saw Denver add QB Russell Wilson and the Chargers trade for rusher Khalil Mack and sign cornerback JC Jackson. The Chiefs, six-time defending division champions, traded star receiver Tyreek Hill for a set of draft picks.

“It just seems like you wake up and every other day something exciting happens in the AFC West,” McDaniels said. “I think it’s great. I think it’s great for football. I know we’re super excited to have the opportunity to compete in this division.

— One area the Raiders haven’t addressed is the offensive line, which was a weakness last season. Las Vegas has brought back Brandon Parker and Jermaine Eluemunor and are hoping for big progress from last year’s No. 1 pick Alex Leatherwood.

“Our job now is going to be to work like hell to improve the guys we have,” McDaniels said. “The guys we have on the roster at the moment are competitive and we’re going to try and train them and improve them, and that’s our job. If we can’t improve the players on our team then we have to do something. something different.

–McDaniels says general manager Dave Ziegler has been in touch with free agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore, but the former Patriots star’s signing is still a long way off.

–The Raiders added another former star defenseman from the Patriots, signing passing thrower Chandler Jones to a three-year, $51 million deal. McDaniels called the 32-year-old Jones a unique rusher with the ability to play both sides on the edge, as well as inside at times.

“I know he’s in his 30s, but I see Chandler as a guy who still plays at a very high level and he plays at that level on all three tries, which I love,” McDaniels said.

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