Report: Raiders have not given Derek Carr to seek trade

Jan 31, 2023, 9:26 AM
Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders hands the ball off Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders ...
PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 24: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders hands the ball off Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders during the third quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gaelen Morse/Getty Images)
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The Las Vegas Raiders need to make a decision on Derek Carr soon, but are they letting him in on the decision? Apparently not.

Carr’s $32.9 million salary for 2023 and $7.5 million of his 2024 salary become fully guaranteed on Wednesday, Feb. 15. Now, according to multiple reports from Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated and Vic Tafur The Athletic, the team hasn’t granted Carr’s agent permission to talk to other teams.

Why would the team grant Carr’s agent permission to seek a trade? Because the 31-year-old quarterback has a no-trade clause in his contract and can veto any move he doesn’t approve.

Breer’s report says Derek Carr won’t be a Raider after Feb. 15.

My understanding as of right now is the Raiders have not granted Carr’s camp the ability to seek a trade. And even though there are the aforementioned teams out there with needs, dealing him before the Feb. 15 deadline—when his $32.9 million base for next year and $7.5 million of his 2024 money vests as fully guaranteed—won’t be easy. And he absolutely won’t be on the Raiders’ roster past that date, so there is the idea that teams that are interested in him should just wait for Las Vegas to cut him.

The Athletic’s Vic Tafur goes into more detail as to why the team maybe hasn’t granted Carr’s camp permission yet.

The Raiders might be concerned that Tim Younger, Carr’s agent, would be working out a free-agent deal with the new team rather than helping with trade terms. But Younger can do that on Feb. 16, well ahead of the other quarterbacks in the league hitting the free-agent market.

Both reports state things could change after this weekend’s Senior Bowl, where many general managers and team representatives gather.

Derek Carr’s history with the Raiders

With two weeks remaining in the 2022 season, the Las Vegas Raiders made the surprising decision to bench long-time starter Derek Carr. The Raiders drafted Carr in 2014, starting 142 games for the Silver and Black. Over his nine years as the team’s starter, he threw for a franchise-leading 35,222 passing yards and finished with 62-78 record. He technically made the playoffs twice, but the first appearance he did not play because he was injured by the time the postseason rolled around.



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