Last Thursday, Derek Carr signed a five-year, $US125 million contract with the Oakland Raiders that set the record for highest annual pay in the NFL.
However, despite making an average of $US25 million per year, topping Andrew Luck, who previously held the record, Carr doesn’t have any grand purchases in mind.
When asked about his first purchase during his press conference to announce the signing, Carr said he had a treat in mind.
“Chick-fil-A,” he said. “Probably Chick-fil-A. I’ve been eating clean … I’ll probably get some Chick-fil-A.”
Carr then said he may splurge on his wife and donate much of the money to charities.
“I’ll probably get my wife something nice, you know, even though she begs me not to … The exciting thing for me money wise, honestly, is that this money is going to help a lot of people. I’m very thankful to have it, that it’s in our hands, because it’s going to help people, not only in this country, but a lot of countries around the world.”
Carr was an early MVP candidate in 2016, leading the Raiders to a 12-3 record while throwing for over 3,900 yards with 28 touchdowns and six interceptions, posting a 96.7 passer rating. However, he broke his leg in Week 15 and missed the rest of the season. The Raiders offence largely looked dead without Carr on the field for Week 16 and their postseason loss to the Houston Texans in which they scored just 14 points.
While Carr’s value was obvious on the field, he doesn’t think he’s deserving of the richest contract in NFL history.
“All of my teammates to a man said, ‘Man you work your tail off, you deserve it,'” Carr said during the press conference. “I don’t feel like I deserve it. But just them saying that grabbed my heart because they’re the ones I go to battle with, they’re the ones I work with every single day. What they have to say really matters to me.
“I do know I will have to owe them all a big dinner.”
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