Raiders news: Derek Carr’s salary cap is ‘optimal’

A manageable quarterback salary has long been considered a way to maintain a strong roster in the NFL and, therefore, have an edge when it comes to building a competitive overall team.

According a study by Bookies.com, the 2022 Las Vegas Raiders could be in good shape in that regard. The website reviewed the contract of each superbowl-Winning quarterback in the salary cap era (since 1994) to find the optimal quarterback salary cap.

For 46% of that 28-year span (13 years), the quarterback had the highest cap on the roster and 75% of the time the quarterback was in the top three hits. Since 2010, Bookies.com estimated the quarterback sweep would be between 10.6 and 12.3 percent of the total salary cap. So, for 2022, the optimal quarterback cap reached is between 22 and 25.6 million.

Bookies.com has numbers, these five quarterbacks are all in the optimal range in order: Russell Wilson (Broncos) Lamar Jackson (Ravens), Matt Ryan (Colts), Derek Carr (Raiders and Dak Prescott (Cowboys). Carr’s hit in 2022 is $19.3 million and eats 9.2 of the Raiders’ cap.

It’s no coincidence that all of the above quarterbacks play for teams with high playoff hopes. It will be fun to watch this all unfold.

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