Raiders sign QB Derek Carr, reportedly don't plan to start him

By John Breech |

Barring a 'catastrophe, Derek Carr won't be the Raiders starter in 2014. (USATSI)
Barring a 'catastrophe,' Derek Carr won't be the Raiders' starter in 2014. (USATSI)

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It's not quite the rookie contract his brother got, but Derek Carr's deal is done in Oakland. The Raiders announced on Wednesday that Carr has officially signed with the team. The quarterback's deal with the Raiders is worth $5.37 million over four years.

The signing comes 12 years after Derek's brother, David Carr, signed a seven-year, $46.25 million deal with the Texans after Houston made him the No. 1 overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft.

The younger Carr was the fourth quarterback taken in the 2014 draft, behind third overall pick Blake Bortles (Jacksonville), 22nd overall pick Johnny Manziel (Cleveland) and 32nd overall pick Teddy Bridgewater (Minnesota).

"I feel great. I'm excited," Carr said. "I'm excited that this part of it is over and now we can just get to work and focus on winning games and getting better every day."

If the Raiders do win games next season, it might not be with Carr under center. According to, Carr will only start in 2014 if something 'catastrophic' happens, which means Matt Schaub will most likely be the front-runner to win the starting job when Oakland begins training camp in July. It's not clear if Schaub throwing a pick-six counts as a catastrophe.

Carr is the fifth of the Raiders' eight draft picks to sign so far. The former Fresno State quarterback was one of only two offensive players taken by the Raiders in an Oakland draft that was graded a B by CBSSports senior writer Pete Prisco.

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