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Is Raiders’ Derek Carr frustrated by slow contract negotiations? He speaks out

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is due for a contract extension and it’s expected he’ll get it before the start of training camp in July despite reports of him being frustrated with slow pace of negotiations. The former Fresno State star said “these things take time.”
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is due for a contract extension and it’s expected he’ll get it before the start of training camp in July despite reports of him being frustrated with slow pace of negotiations. The former Fresno State star said “these things take time.” Associated Press file

Derek Carr hasn’t signed the contract extension with the Oakland Raiders the quarterback has been talking about most of the offseason.

Time to panic? Not according to Carr, who disputes a recent report that he’s grown frustrated by the pace of the negotiations.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out. I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.”

Carr adds, “I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

McKenzie, the Raiders’ general manager, told radio station 95.7 The Game, “I see Derek every day. We have a great relationship, communicate very well.”

“I don’t like discussing contracts through the outside, outside these walls,” McKenzie said. “I kind of keep that as kind of being my mantra and kind of keep that personally in house, but bottom line is we love Derek and we want to keep him and we’re going to do everything to make sure this contract gets done.”

It is expected the former Fresno State star will command a deal that makes him one of the top-paid quarterbacks in the NFL. A barometer is the deal Andrew Luck signed last year with the Indianapolis Colts: five years, $123 million with a $32 million signing bonus.

Carr is on a four-year, $5.37 million deal he signed after he was selected by the Raiders in the second round of the 2014 draft. He got a $2.2 million signing bonus. If Carr doesn’t sign an extension he will earn a base salary of $977,519, a roster bonus of $150,000 and a workout bonus of $25,000 in 2017.

The Raiders begin organized team activities (OTAs, as it’s known in the NFL) in phase 3 of the offseason program Monday. That will lead into mandatory minicamp June 13. Training camp begins in late July.

More from a recent interview with Carr:

Q: How excited are you to get back on the field coming off the broken fibula you suffered in December?

A: Incredibly excited to be back competing and training with my brothers. I am so fortunate to be healthy and have my strength back; it could have been a lot worse. God is good, and I am just thrilled to be competing.

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Newly acquired running back Marshawn Lynch participated in his first Oakland Raiders’ offseason workout program May 1. He also took handoffs from former Fresno State star Derek Carr. Oakland Raiders Tony Gonzales

Q: When you worked out with running back Marshawn Lynch for the first time May 1, did it feel like a dream being teammates with him?

A: Absolutely. Any quarterback would be honored to hand off to Lynch, and it is crazy to think he is actually here, with the Raiders, one of us. What an asset to have Lynch with our team.

Q: What is your biggest challenge as you get ready for the 2017 season?

A: Probably to not overextend myself. I am energized, excited and ready to compete and I want to give each day 120 percent of my mind, body and soul.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee

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