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Raiders need to be swift with Derek Carr’s lingering contract situation

Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack (52) and quarterback Derek Carr (4) before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Oakland, Calif., Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
(AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

There has been no urgency within the Oakland Raiders organization to sign quarterback Derek Carr to a long-term deal. Perhaps a good, old-fashioned kick in the pants would do the trick, or rather, a report that Carr is unhappy with his contract situation.

It’s time for the Raiders to stop lollygagging.

The organization has put out multiple statements about Carr’s contract being a high priority in the offseason. His deal is expected to come together before reigning defensive player of the year Khalil Mack’s, and it should rival the five-year, $122 million contract Andrew Luck signed with the Indianapolis Colts last year. However, there has been no reported movement towards a deal actually getting done.

That’s why it was no surprise when news of Carr’s discontentment over his contract negotiations moving along at a snail’s pace. NFL.com’s Michael Silver reported the news on Tuesday from two sources:

“However, two sources said Carr, given his previously stated desire to be a “Raider for life,” has grown frustrated with the slow pace of discussions and is extremely eager to get the deal done before the start of training camp.”

Heading into the final year on his rookie contract, Carr is expected to make just under $1 million in 2017. There is nothing quite like the luxury of having a great quarterback playing on a rookie contract, but the time has arrived for the Raiders to pay up.

Carr had the team looking like a Super Bowl contender last year when he threw for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns. He got the Raiders to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years. It would be a surprise to see this situation spill over into free agency next year, but the Raiders also shouldn’t take Carr’s love for the team for granted.

He hinted in March that he was looking for a quick contract resolution.

“The biggest thing for me is that I don’t want it to distract my teammates,” Carr said on Sirius XM, via Mercury News. “They know me, that I really don’t care. I just like to play ball, but I don’t want people asking them questions. I would want it done so they don’t have to deal with it, but I’m always going to do what’s best for my family and what’s best for the team all in one. …I just want to play ball — and I want to do it wearing a silver-and-black jersey.”

Looking at all of the other teams struggling to find a halfway decent quarterback should be enough motivation for the Raiders to pick up the pace. It isn’t often that you find a great one like Carr.

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