LAS VEGAS (AP) — Quarterback Derek Carr stated Thursday in his first public feedback since being benched by Las Vegas Raiders coach Josh McDaniels that he’s prepared for the problem of taking part in in a brand new metropolis.
“I as soon as stated that if I’m not a Raider I’d fairly be at house and I meant that, however I by no means envisioned it ending this manner,” Carr posted on Twitter. “That fireplace burning within me to win a championship nonetheless rages. A hearth no man can extinguish; solely God. So I look ahead to a brand new metropolis and a brand new staff who, regardless of the circumstance, will get every little thing I’ve.”
Carr began 142 video games over 9 seasons for the Raiders, offering stability to a franchise that had cycled via 17 beginning quarterbacks within the 11 years earlier than he arrived as a second-round choose in 2014.
Carr helped lead the Raiders to playoff appearances in 2016 and 2021 and owns a number of staff information, together with most profession yards passing (35,222) and landing passes (217). However he additionally had the third-most begins for one staff within the Tremendous Bowl period for a quarterback who by no means received a playoff recreation for the staff.
Carr struggled in his first 12 months below McDaniels, regardless of the addition of star receiver and shut buddy Davante Adams to the offense, and was benched with two weeks remaining within the common season.
Carr had his lowest marks since his rookie season in completion charge (60.6%) and passer ranking (86.3), whereas posting his highest interception charge (2.8%) and his lowest yards per try (7.0) since 2017.
That finally led to the choice from McDaniels and first-year common supervisor Dave Ziegler to maneuver on from Carr lower than a 12 months after signing him to a three-year extension for $120.5 million.
The deal signed final April gave Carr a $5 million increase in 2022, however offered an out for Las Vegas this offseason. The Raiders have till Feb. 15 to launch Carr or his $32.9 million wage for 2023 and $7.5 million of his $41.9 million wage for 2024 can be assured.
The Raiders can attempt to attain an settlement on a commerce for Carr earlier than that deadline however a deal can’t be finalized till the beginning of the brand new league 12 months March 15. Any staff that acquires Carr would then tackle the remainder of the contract, which would come with the ensures in 2023-24 and a nonguaranteed $41.2 million wage for 2025.
Carr has a no-trade clause in his deal, giving him management over his vacation spot. That would pressure the Raiders to easily lower him, absorbing a $5.6 million cost on the 2023 wage cap however saving greater than $29 million.
“Derek’s tenure with the Raiders is successfully completed,” Carr’s agent, Tim Youthful, posted on Twitter. “Relationships do finish, however as is the case right here, a treasure of recollections and friendships stay, together with a really particular bond together with his followers. These received’t finish.
“Groups always seek for franchise gamers who make investments themselves utterly, as Derek did for practically a decade, possibly even to a fault. That’s his true legacy right here, rather more than the quite a few staff information he holds.”
Carr thanked the followers in Las Vegas and Oakland in addition to the group.
“It’s particularly laborious to say goodbye as a result of I can actually say that I gave you (the followers) every little thing I had, each single day, in season, and within the offseason,” Carr wrote. “It definitely wasn’t good, however I hope that I used to be capable of depart you with various nice recollections as Raider followers.”
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