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Raiders Bench Derek Carr, Could Move On in Offseason

  • Las Vegas is likely trying to avoid paying the quarterback $40.4M guaranteed over the next two seasons.
  • The Raiders would incur only a $5.6M dead cap hit if they were to let him go.
Las Vegas Raider's quarterback Derek Carr
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After nine seasons that saw him stick with the franchise through its move from Oakland to Las Vegas, Derek Carr’s time with the Raiders appears to be over — even after the team extended him on a three-year, $121.5 million deal last offseason.

On Wednesday, head coach Josh McDaniels announced that Carr would not start the team’s final two games of the season, opting instead for fourth-year backup Jarrett Stidham — who will make his first career start Sunday against the 49ers.

McDaniels characterized the move as “an opportunity to evaluate a younger player,” — but in actuality, the team likely does not want to risk Carr getting injured as they look to trade or cut him to avoid paying a combined $40.4 million over the next two seasons that becomes guaranteed on Feb. 15.

Carr has left the team to avoid being a distraction, per multiple reports, even though the 6-9 Raiders are technically still in playoff contention — albeit with less than a 1% chance.

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Owner Mark Davis has reportedly been “lukewarm” on the 31-year-old QB for some time — which is likely why Carr’s new contract included an out that would let the Raiders incur only $5.6 million in dead cap hit if they were to let him go.

Meanwhile, wide receiver Davante Adams — who came to Las Vegas largely because of his relationship with Carr — took to Instagram in support of his friend and college teammate.

Adams’ future with the franchise remains unclear with Carr out of the picture — but the quarterback’s time there is almost surely over.

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