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Oakland Raiders: QB Derek Carr signs five-year deal reportedly worth $125M

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Oakland Raiders: QB Derek Carr signs five-year deal reportedly worth $125M
Derek Carr and Heather Neel attend the Country Music Awards in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 2, 2017. Photo by Jim Ruymen/UPI | License Photo

Quarterback Derek Carr took to social media on Thursday to announce that he has finalized a contract extension with the Oakland Raiders.

While Carr did not divulge the terms of the deal, multiple outlets reported that it was a five-year, $125 million contract. Should that be the case, it would make the two-time Pro Bowl selection the highest-paid player in the league in terms of new money average.

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Andrew Luck of the Indianapolis Colts receives $24.6 million per year, just ahead of fellow quarterbacks Carson Palmer ($24.35 million) of the Arizona Cardinals, Drew Brees (24.25 million) of the New Orleans Saints and Kirk Cousins ($23.9 million) of the Washington Redskins.

"Now it's done," Carr wrote on Twitter. "From the jump I've wanted to be a Raider 4 life. One step closer to that! Blessed!!! Business done! Let's just play now!!!"

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Carr had given the Raiders a training camp deadline for the deal or planned to shut down negotiations and play the final season of his existing four-year contract.

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Carr enjoyed a stellar season in 2016 before sustaining broken fibula in Week 16, which kept him sidelined for Oakland's playoff loss to the Houston Texans.

The 26-year-old passed for 3,937 yards with 28 touchdowns against just six interceptions last season.

Carr has been a full participant in the team's offseason activities this spring.

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