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Carr finalized a five-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2022 season.

(AP Photo/Jeff Chiu). Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie smiles while speaking at a news conference in Oakland, Calif., Friday, June 23, 2017.

Just the other day, the Oakland Raiders decided to make Derek Carr a very wealthy man with his long-term deal with the club. But it was Carr's focus not to rob the Raiders of their ability to continue rewarding their young talent. And, hopefully, Carr's local "Chick-fil-A" can keep up with his frequent drive-thru visits.

Down 34-33, most teams would have just kicked the extra point and taken their chances in overtime, but the longer the offense stood out on the field, Raider Nation began to realize that Jack Del Rio was going to leave his offense on the field to go for two. The other thing that was important to me is that we didn't worry about what other people were going to do or doing. "We know Derek is a big part of what we are trying to do around here".

Carr is excited about the idea of using him to balance the offense and said so in a recent interview. The deal, at an average of $25 million a year, jumps Carr above Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck who held the previous record, topping the list at $24.6 million, according to

A new $125 million contract.

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Derek Carr is now the NFL's highest paid player.

Both sides had expressed a strong interest in signing a long-term deal.

Plus, if Carr wants to talk smack about what he'd do in the finals seconds of one of the closest games in Super Bowl history, he'll have to you know - play in a Super Bowl.

Carr has transformed the Raiders from a perennial loser into a contender after being drafted in the second round in 2014.

Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack likely will be next to get a new contract along with offensive guard Gabe Jackson. He suffered a broken fibula in Week 16 and missed Oakland's playoff loss to the Houston Texans, but he has been a full participant in the team's offseason activities. As an example, he assured reporters he will be happy to hand the ball off to Marshawn Lynch at the 1-yard line rather than throwing it. I don't care if I throw (only) 10 touchdowns next year. Carr went 40 of 59 for 513 yards and he also threw 4 touchdowns.

"You can give me a dollar, you can give me 25 million, it doesn't matter to me", Carr said. I think to be open and honest with you, that was the initial reaction. My No. 1 goal is to make sure I give everything I have to this organization.