Derek Carr admits it's important to strike the right balance between getting the right deal for himself and for a Las Vegas Raiders team looking to add talent in free agency in contract talks with the franchise's new general manager.
The Raiders quarterback, who is 50/1 to win the regular season MVP award in 2022, is entering the final year of the five-year, $125million extension he signed in 2017.
The 30-year-old is slated to cost Vegas $20million in that final year, with the likelihood that the figure could double for the first year of any new agreement.
Pro Football Focus gave Carr a passing grade of 76.6 to rank him 12th among NFL QBs last season, but the eight-year pro has been ranked inside the top ten in three of the previous five years.
He acknowledges that the team will want to work out a deal that still gives them room to attract top players.
Carr is understood to be keen to link up again with his former college team-mate Davante Adams, who is in the midst of his own contract talks with the Green Bay Packers.
"Obviously, that's in mind when I'm thinking about all that," Carr told The Las Vegas Review Journal on Friday. "But there's also some football players that I want to play with, so I keep that in mind, too."
He spoke encouragingly about the working relationships that need to be established with new Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels and GM Dave Ziegler.
"They've been super awesome. They've been great," Carr added. "I'm just looking forward to getting to know them.
"We're doing the whole business relationship thing, but hopefully, we can get our families together and start getting to know each other and start building that unity that we had last year."