Carr will be just fine despite heightened expectations

Bonta explains why Carr is 'built' to be the highest-paid player in football

Bonta Hill
June 22, 2017 - 12:54 pm

One of the biggest concerns about Derek Carr and his new contract extension worth up to $125 million — a deal that will keep him a Raider through 2022 — are the expectations that will now be placed on the right-handed gunslinger.

A season removed from the Raiders return to relevancy, the silver and black hype train has no more room for passengers. BART couldn’t handle this bandwagon. Everybody and their mama expects the Raiders to compete for a Super Bowl next season.

The slew of primetime games and the addition of Marshawn Lynch has heightened the expectations even more. Just don’t expect any of it to get to Carr.

We all know that Derek is the younger brother of former No. 1 pick David Carr, who was the face of the then-expansion Houston Texans. The older Carr’s career went awry in a hurry as he was sacked into submission, and never was able to live up to the pressure of being the top pick of the NFL Draft due to the lack of talent around him.

On a per-year basis, Carr is now making more money than any quarterback in the NFL without ever starting a playoff game. He’ll earn up to $70 million in guarantees with $40 million guaranteed for signing.

The leader of the Raiders will be just fine. Yes, he’ll have the biggest spotlight a Raider has had on him since JaMarcus Russell (sorry for mentioning that black hole, Raider fans), but Carr is tough. The money will not change him.

He’s been around this league for almost half of his life. His brother is the perfect guy to go to for advice.

There is no doubt it’s different now as teams will circle the date they play the Raiders. Defenses will look to make a name for themselves trying to shut down Carr.

Carr has earned this money for helping change the culture in Oakland. The expectations will be high for the Raiders in general as fans are expecting a second consecutive playoff appearance, but don’t worry about Carr.

He’ll do what he can to live up this monster contract and lofty expectations. He’s built for this.

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