Derek Carr says goodbye to Raiders as franchise would begin trade market assessment process

Derek Carr says goodbye to Raiders as franchise would begin trade market assessment process

Derek Carr says goodbye to Raiders as franchise would begin trade market assessment process

The Las Vegas Raiders did the bench decision Longtime quarterback Derek Carr two weeks before the end of the 2022 regular season, opting to end the campaign with Jarrett Stidham under center. The move also signaled that the franchise would likely leave Carr this offseason.

Carr signed a three-year, $121.5 million extension last offseason, but the Raiders can save $30 million if the quarterback is released or traded next offseason. Thursday, NFL media reported the Raiders will begin the trade market evaluation process for Carr. Shortly after, the quarterback posted his official goodbye to the Raiders franchise on Twitter, and also said he plans to continue his quest for a Lombardi Trophy.

“Raider Nation, it breaks my heart, I haven’t had the opportunity to say goodbye in person. We have certainly been on a roller coaster in our 9 years together. From the bottom of my heart, I am so thankful and appreciative of the years of support you have given my family and I. We have had our share of heartbreaking times and exciting wins, and I have always felt like you were right there beside me.

“It’s especially hard to say goodbye because I can honestly say that I gave you everything I had, every day, in season and out of season. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but I hope that I was able to leave you with more than a few good memories as a Raider fan.

“Thank you to the City of Oakland for hosting us. Thank you to the City of Las Vegas for allowing us to proudly call you home. Thank you to the organization, my teammates, all my coaches, my staff and to everyone who has helped me for the past 9 years in these 2 buildings. Thank you to all of Raider Nation who have supported, encouraged, pushed and uplifted me at various points in this journey. Raider Nation is truly special.

“I once said that if I wasn’t a Raider I’d rather be home and I meant it, but I never imagined it would end this way. This fire that burns inside me for Winning a championship is still raging A fire that no man can So I look forward to a new city and a new team that no matter the circumstances will get everything I have Winning a championship is what I always wanted and what I will continue to work towards.”

Carr was selected by the Raiders with the No. 36 overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft out of Fresno State. He was a three-time Pro Bowler from 2015-2017 and leaves the Raiders as the all-time leader (35,222 yards), all-time leader in touchdown passes (217) and second in wins (63-79) .

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A the deadline for a decision on Carr is February 15. That’s when his $40.4 million salary over the next two seasons becomes guaranteed. If the Raiders leave Carr, they will need to have a trade in place by that date or just release him.

Carr’s agent, Tim Younger, also released a statement announcing that Carr’s partnership with the Raiders was coming to an end.

“Derek’s tenure with the Raiders is effectively over. Relationships are coming to an end, but as is the case here, there remains a treasure trove of memories and friendships, as well as a very special bond with his fans. Those- This won’t end. Teams are constantly looking for franchise players who are fully invested, as Derek has done for almost a decade, perhaps even wrongly. That’s his true legacy here, much more than the many team records he holds. He always came first, he played injured, and through some tumultuous times, he led from the front and never complained. He will always wear a piece of that organization with him, and that doesn’t include the material memory in his ankle. Now he eagerly awaits the opportunity to write a new chapter for himself and his career.

“He deserved it.”

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