Derek Carr can save millions with his new contract, and it's because of Las Vegas

Derek Carr is now the league's highest-paid player and for good reason. He's been a big part of the Raiders' recent success, proving once again that a team is only as good as its franchise quarterback.

It all became official on Thursday morning when Carr confirmed he's staying with the Raiders on a deal that is reportedly worth $125 million over five years and includes just under $69 million over the first three years, according to CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

Yes, that's a joke but there's a lot truth to those "Nobody but tech folks can afford to live in the Bay Area" observations.

Good news, however; Carr won't be in Oakland forever -- the team is moving to Las Vegas in  2020. As pointed out in January, this is important because while California's tax rate is 13.3 percent on those who earn more than a $1 million a year -- and between 10.3 and 12.3 percent if you earn $268,750 to $1 million -- Nevada does not have a state income tax. And this is in addition to the federal income tax, which imposes a 39.6 percent tax rate for single taxpayers with a taxable income of more than $413,650.

Put another way: As ESPN's Adam Schefter tweets, Carr could backload his impending new deal and save millions of dollars. And he wouldn't be the only Raiders player to benefit.

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According to CNN's Cost of Living Calculator, life in Vegas would be a lot cheaper, too. Housing is about 53 percent less expensive in Vegas than in Oakland, and utilities and groceries are just under 10 percent cheaper. estimates that a Raider could take a 26 percent pay cut and maintain the same standard of living in Vegas.

Put another way: Carr's going to be on the hook for quite a few lunches in the near future.

CBS Sports Writer

Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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