Raiders released QB Derek Carr freeing up $29.3 million in salary-cap space after he declined to waive his no-trade clause

In a surprising move, the Las Vegas Raiders announced the release of quarterback Derek Carr, one of the most dependable and consistent players on their roster. While the decision to part ways with Carr may come as a shock to many Raiders fans, it was a necessary move that has freed up a significant amount of salary-cap space for the team.

On Tuesday, the Las Vegas Raiders released Derek Carr, who declined to waive his no-trade clause. The move happened a day before Wednesday’s deadline, which would have guaranteed Carr over $40 million for the 2023 season. 

Carr’s agent, Tim Younger, expressed best wishes for the Raiders and said, “This is the tough part of this business… The time now is to reset for both sides. That’s the point; it’s just business. The time now is to reset for both sides. Derek chooses to hold on to many good memories and friendships, without any ill will. That’s who he is. Onward and upward.”

Derek Carr had previously declared his loyalty to the Raiders, saying, “I’d probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else… I am a Raider for my entire life.” 

However, he now becomes a free agent, with several teams potentially interested in his services. The Washington Commanders, Carolina Panthers, and Indianapolis Colts all need a quality starting quarterback. But the New York Jets, who missed the postseason last year and finished last in the AFC East, may also be in the mix. 

Derek Carr could be the missing piece the Jets need to complement Offensive Rookie of the Year winner Garrett Wilson and running back Breece Hall. He is expected to return from injury at the start of the 2023-24 season.

Carr finished last season with a record of 6-9, throwing for 3,522 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions, with a completion rate of 60.8%. He was benched for the last two games of the season, with the Raiders starting Jarrett Stidham instead. 

Stidham is also scheduled to test the free agent market, and the Raiders have been linked to Aaron Rodgers and Jimmy Garoppolo. As of Carr’s release, any team, including the Jets, can sign him before the new NFL year begins on March 15.

Only time will tell what the future holds for the Las Vegas Raiders, but one thing is for sure: they are determined to build a winning team.

 

Maheen Zaib

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