Does Derek Carr’s New Raiders Contract Earn Him More Money Than Patrick Mahomes?

Published 04/14/2022, 9:00 AM EDT

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The NFL is one of the biggest sports in the world today. Being a huge league comes with some big bucks for the players. Recently, the Las Vegas Raiders have signed a handsome three-year extension with their quarterback Derek Carr. However, does this contract make him richer than the Chiefs’ star quarterback Patrick Mahomes?  

This offseason has been wild. We saw a lot of big-budget trades take place over the past few weeks. The Raiders seem to have a secret pirate treasure buried somewhere in Vegas. Because not only did they sign one of the biggest wide receiver contracts, but they also signed arguably the biggest QB extension of 2022.  


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Does Derek Carr become the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL?

The Oakland Raiders selected Derek Carr in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft. Carr has been very fruitful for the franchise. His quarterback expertise helped the Raiders reach the playoffs in 2016. It was their first playoffs appearance since 2002. Carr also led Vegas to another berth in 2021. The QB has made three straight Pro Bowl appearances from 2015 to 2017. He has become the heart of the Raiders’ offense. 

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It is obvious that the franchise does not want to part ways with Carr at any cost. Both sides have agreed upon a lucrative contract. The Raiders have signed the quarterback to a three-year extension worth $121.5 million. “I’ve only wanted to be a Raider,” said Carr. “I told my agent, I said, ‘I’m either going to be a Raider or I’m going to be playing golf like I don’t want to be playing anywhere else.’ That’s how much this place means to me.” It seems like the quarterback has his heart set on the Raiders as well. He will earn an average of $40.5 million per year. 


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How much does Patrick Mahomes make with the Chiefs?


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Patrick Mahomes is one of the brightest young talents in the league today. The Kansas City Chiefs selected the quarterback in the 2017 draft as their 10th overall pick. The star has not disappointed yet. He has won countless awards throughout his career and led the Chiefs to the Super Bowl LIV win. 


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The Chiefs hope to keep Mahomes employed for over a decade. They have signed a 12-year extension with the quarterback worth $502.631 million. He makes an average of $39.8 million per year. If we look at per year averages, Derek Carr beats Patrick Mahomes in the clash of the contracts by a very close margin. 

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Gurjyot Singh Dadial


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Sports journalist by day, gamer by night and a gym addict by morning. Gurjyot has been a lifelong fan of Wrestling, Contact sports, Rock music and Video games. With a degree in English Literature and Economics from Patkar College, Mumbai, he is set out to conquer every task he sets his mind to.
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Deepika Bhaduri