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Derek Carr declines to discuss Raiders fallout; benched Las Vegas QB expected to be traded, per report

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Rather than open up fresh wounds, Derek Carr chose not to publicly discuss what happened at the end of his run as the Raiders’ starting quarterback.

Carr, in a social media post posted Saturday afternoon, made it clear he is focused on his future as he is expected to be traded sometime this offseason. according to ESPN. The former professional bowler was sent to the bench by head coach Josh McDaniels with two games left in the 2022 season.

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“Thank you to all the people who tried to give me their platform to tell my side of what happened,” Carr said. in a tweet post. “The hardest thing in the world is not to jump in every interview and not tell the whole truth. Thank you, but I choose to move on and give our next city our best.”

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Carr was sent to the bench a year after having one of his best seasons to date. Despite changing coaches for the season and arresting wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, Carr still managed to throw for over 4,800 yards, completing over 68% of his passes in the 2021 season. His performance that season helped the Raiders reach the playoffs for the first time since 2016.

However, the 2022 season was one of Carr’s worst. The nine-year veteran completed just 60.8% of his passes, his lowest since his rookie season. He also made 14 interceptions in just 15 starts as Las Vegas went 6-9 with Carr in the middle.

McDaniels benched Carr in favor of Jarrett Stidham, who lost both starts as the Raiders finished the season with a 6–11 record.

Several teams are expected to pursue Carr, who has two years left on his current contract after signing an off-season extension. The Jets, Commanders, Colts, Panthers, Saints and Falcons are among the teams currently having questions regarding their starting quarterback. The Buccaneers will join this list if Tom Brady doesn’t return to Tampa for the 2023 season.


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