Derek Carr and his time with the Las Vegas Raiders is over.
The veteran quarterback tweeted a farewell message to Raiders fans minutes after a report surfaced that the team had begun to explore trades for Carr.
Carr’s agent added in a tweet that his client’s “tenure with the Raiders is effectively finished” and he “looks forward to the opportunity to write a new chapter for himself and his career.”
This news was weeks in the making after the Raiders benched Carr for the final two games of the season following a tumultuous season under first year head coach Josh McDaniels.
Carr and the Raiders reportedly mutually agreed that he would step away from the team as well so as not to be a distraction during that two-game stretch. Las Vegas lost its final two games of the season with Jarrett Stidham under center and finished 6-11 on the year.
According to cbssports.com A that’s when his $40.4 million in salary over the next two seasons becomes guaranteed.
Carr’s exit leaves more questions than answers for both sides. He had started all but two games for the Raiders since the team drafted him 36th overall in 2014. During his nine years, Carr completed 64.6 percent of his passes for 35,222 yards, 217 touchdowns and 99 interceptions. In that order, those numbers rank 12th, fourth, seventh and third, respectively, among the 17 quarterbacks with at least 3,000 passing attempts from 2014-2022.
Carr had previously mentioned that he didn’t want to play for another team in the NFL if he wasn’t with the Raiders. But in his tweet, he said that he still has the “fire” to play and win a championship.
With so many teams needing quarterback help this offseason, Carr should be in demand. Look for the Raiders to agree to a trade before the February 15 deadline when his contract becomes guaranteed for the 2023 and 2024 seasons.
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