The Oakland Raiders still very much sound like they’re going to lock down QB Derek Carr with a long-term deal. Per NBC’s Scott Bair, GM Reggie McKenzie recently said:
“We’re going to make sure (Carr) contract gets done … I want Derek to be a Raider his entire career.”
Reggie: "We're going to make sure (Carr) contract gets done … I want Derek to be a Raider his entire career." Nothing new there
— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) May 18, 2017
Bair notes that there’s “nothing new here” and that’s partially true. The Raiders and Carr have both publicly said that they want the deal to get done, and it’s expected to go through eventually. However, a report from May 17 indicated that he was not exactly thrilled that he didn’t already have a deal. NFL.com’s Michael Silver wrote:
“Despite a strong desire by Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr to hammer out a lucrative contract extension before the start of training camp, there has been no significant communication between his agent and the Oakland Raiders within the last several weeks, according to two sources familiar with the situation. … 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.”
This recent statement from McKenzie shows that the team is still dedicated to getting it done. They don’t appear to be heading toward any sort of a messy scenario where his future is in doubt. Right now, there’s no critical deadline they have to hit. The only way that this gets ugly is if they can’t work something out before or during the 2017 season, with Carr’s free agency looming.