In the NFL, Derek Carr (born March 28, 1991) is a quarterback for the Las Vegas Raiders of the National Football League (NFL) (NFL). A two-time All-MWC honoree at Fresno State, he was picked in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders.
For the first time since 2002, the Raiders made it to the playoffs in 2016 thanks to Carr, a three-time Pro Bowl pick. After another trip to the postseason in 2021, he was once again in charge of the Golden Knights in Sin City.
Carr was born in Fresno, California, to Rodger and Sheryl Carr, the youngest of their three children. Originally from Bakersfield, California, he and his family relocated to Sugar Land, Texas, in 2002, after their elder brother, David Carr, was selected first overall by the Houston Texans as part of the team's then-ongoing expansion phase. In his senior year, Carr relocated back to Bakersfield and went to Bakersfield Christian High School, where he excelled academically.
His high school football career began at Clements High School in Sugar Land, Texas. He began his varsity career as a backup quarterback after playing on the freshmen squad his rookie year. He hadn't planned on taking over as the team's starting quarterback, but a preseason injury forced him into the position.
For the Clements High School Rangers, Carr made steady development as a starter. With 1,246 passing yards and 12 touchdowns as a sophomore and 1,622 as a junior, he was one of the best quarterbacks in the Big 12 Conference. As a junior, Carr led his team to a 13–0 regular-season record (including playoffs) before falling to the eventual state champion Katy High School Tigers in the Region 3 quarterfinals of the 2007 Class 5A Division 2 State playoffs. Carr was extensively recruited during his junior year as well.
Fresno State, SMU, Boise State, the University of Southern California, UCLA, and Utah were among the schools he considered. Only Fresno State, SMU, and Utah offered Carr financial aid, and they were the only three colleges that did. Finally, on May 25, 2008, at the conclusion of his junior year, he made a verbal commitment to Fresno State. Carr came to the program as the first member of the 2009 class to sign up with the university.
Athletic director and former NFL player Doug Barnett stated in 2008 that Carr will move to Bakersfield Christian High School (BCHS) from Stockdale High School or Bakersfield High School, two schools with long-standing football traditions, despite reports that Carr would have gone elsewhere.
For the spring semester of 2009, Carr enrolled as an early-entry freshman at Fresno State so that he could participate in spring football with the Bulldogs. Pat Hill, then the head coach at Fresno State, indicated as late as mid-July that true freshman Derek Carr was “in the mix” for the starting quarterback position. In the days leading up to the start of the 2009 season, Hill revealed that junior Ryan Colburn would replace Carr in the starting lineup.
Carr took over as Fresno State's starting quarterback in the autumn of 2011 after redshirting the 2010 season. He threw for 12,843 yards and 113 touchdowns in his three seasons as a starter.
Last year, Carr had a 354-yard passing yardage total and 26 touchdowns to go along with his nine interceptions. The Western Athletic Conference has a number of passing leaders, including him. Passing for 4,104 yards, 37 touchdowns, and seven interceptions in 2012 was a career-high. In 2012, he was named Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year. A number of Mountain West Conference records were tied or bettered by him this year.
A three-year stint at Fresno State saw Carr win the CFPA Elite QB Award in 2013. In addition to Phillip Thomas, he is the second CFPA winner for the institution. Carr had a record-breaking season in 2013, finishing with 5,083 yards and 50 touchdowns to lead the FBS. At the conference, he was at the top of the leaderboard in a number of categories that came up for discussion.
Derek Carr's Net Worth
NFL star Derek Carr has an estimated net worth of $80 million. His annual pay is $5 million. In March 1991, Derek Carr was born in Fresno, California. A former quarterback at Clements and Bakersfield Christian high schools, he now works as a financial advisor in Bakersfield, California.
At Fresno State, Carr was a two-time All-MWC pick and a two-time MWC Offensive Player of the Year in college football. He was selected by the Oakland Raiders in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. In 2015, 2016, and 2017, Carr was named to the Pro Bowl. In addition to becoming an NFL quarterback, Carr's older brother David Carr was also a college football star at Fresno State University. Derek Carr passed for 14,690 yards and 103 touchdowns in his first four seasons.
Contracts and Earnings
After his first season, he signed a four-year, $5.37 million contract with the organization. This year, the Raiders signed Derek Carr to a five-year, $125 million deal.
Derek Carr received $42 million in pay and bonuses between June 2017 and June 2018, making him one of the world's highest-paid sportsmen.
Derek and the Raiders announced a three-year $121 million contract agreement in April 2022.
During the 2014 NFL Draft, Oakland Raiders selected Carr in the second round with the 36th overall pick. That year, he was the fourth quarterback to be chosen. When he sought the number 4, he received it on May 16. When the deal was finalized on May 21, it included a $2.2-million signing bonus.
It was on August 28 that the Raiders' last preseason game against the Seattle Seahawks, in which Carr came in as the backup to Matt Schaub and threw for three touchdowns in the first quarter, before being relieved and replaced by Derek Carr.
A near-perfect rating of 11-of-13 for 143 yards and three touchdowns in a short amount of time is an impressive accomplishment for a quarterback in such a limited role.
Frequently Asked Questions
How many years are left in Derek Carr's contract?
According to Ian Rapoport and Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Derek Carr and the Raiders have reached an agreement on a three-year deal extension for $121.5 million. According to Rapoport and Garafolo, Carr's contract contains a no-trade clause that will expire at the end of the 2025 season.
Does Derek Carr wear eyeliner?
If the Raiders make it to the Super Bowl, his eyes will have their own news conference. Derek Carr, quarterback of the Las Vegas Raiders, does not use eyeliner. There's no denying that he has the deepest, darkest lashes in the world.
Will Derek Carr Be a Free Agent?
In the last year of his deal, Carr can expect to earn $19.77 million in base pay. In 2023, he will be a free agent.