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NFL – Derek Carr has retired: the Las Vegas Raiders finally pull the trigger

By Daniel Kugler

The Las Vegas Raiders pulled the cord after losing to the Pittsburgh Steelers and ejected quarterback Derek Carr effective immediately. Replacement Jarrett Stidham will lead the team for the remainder of the season.

Plus, Carr won’t even be on the roster anymore. According to ProFootballTalk, Chase Garbers will be the replacement.

Head coach Josh McDaniels personally announced the decision, noting that the franchise is anything but happy with how the season has gone and obviously sees much of the blame for their quarterback’s misery.

Las Vegas Raiders: Derek Carr disappoints all along the line

With a current record of 6-9, the franchise is once again missing the playoffs.

The quarterback has looked completely out of place all season and couldn’t even begin to live up to high expectations.

only 60.8% of his passports have arrived. The 31-year-old posted the second-worst value of his career, only the value in his first season in the NFL was worse.

And with 14 interceptions, Carr also matched his negative value from the previous season, including only three against the Steelers.

The departure of their starting quarterback two games before the end of the regular season is no longer a surprise a few months after dreaming of great success in Las Vegas.

Even though everything looked so good before the season.

Las Vegas Raiders: the dream duo Carr and Adams failed

Flashback to mid-March of this year. Amid much media fuss, the Raiders land an absolute coup and trade for star receiver Davante Adams from the Green Bay Packers.

A longtime friend of quarterback Carr, who couldn’t believe his happiness at being reunited with his college pal from Fresno State.

This should be the start of a golden future in the mecca of gaming – the Raiders finally become a Contender.

A good nine months later, the project to build a Super Bowl winner around the Carr-Adams duo has not only evolved differently than expected, but can also be seen as a dismal failure.

With the quarterback’s demotion, McDaniels himself declared the venture in Vegas a failure at his first station as NFL head coach.

The statements of the coach say it all, Carr seems to have no future with the Raiders.

Las Vegas Raiders and Derek Carr before their separation

It appears to be the beginning of the end for Carr on the team that drafted him 36th in the second round in 2014.

After nine seasons for the Raiders, there are growing signs that the 31-year-old will no longer be part of the franchise in the coming season, despite having contracts valid until after the 2025 season.

In April of this year, Carr signed a three-year, $121.5 million contract extension. According to “Spotrac,” the franchise left a backdoor so they could release the player soon after the current season for a relatively low $5.625 million at Dead Cap.

Everything looks like a breach of contract before the beginning of February, because after that it would be really expensive for the franchise. According to NFL expert Dov Kleiman, Carr’s contract for the upcoming season is fully guaranteed by the end of January and is worth $40.4 million.

The franchise will want to prevent this case with a probability bordering on certainty.

Las Vegas Raiders: who will be Carr’s successor?

Giving the inexperienced Stidham a chance to prove himself at the end of the season makes perfect sense.

In view of the future and the likely separation from Carr, however, it can be assumed that the Raiders will now seek an external solution to the quarterback position.

The future Free Agency is firmly positioned at the top. At the top is certainly the name of veteran Tom Brady, who can test the open market again after two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The GOAT in Vegas? There was already something in the bush in the past, wasn’t there?

Additionally, Daniel Jones’ personal details in terms of age and outlook could be of interest to franchise officials, whose contract option for an extension was rejected by the New York Giants.

And Jimmy Garoppolo’s name should also be discussed with the Nevada team. The 31-year-old will also become a free agent in February and has known coach McDaniels very well from their time together in New England.

It will also be exciting to see if McDaniels still hold the reins in the coming season. This position will also be put to the test.

But first looking at the field, officials may want to put the fate of the franchise in the hands of a much younger quarterback.

Las Vegas Raiders: Will Carr’s successor be in the draft?

The 2023 draft will also have some hot issues again. Bryce Young of Alabama, CJ Strout of Ohio States, Will Levis of Kentucky and Anthony Richardson of Florida are all considered likely candidates.

The Raiders coaching staff is sure to completely transform the draft class over the coming weeks and months in order to spot possible hope for the future.

It remains to be seen who will ultimately lead the Raiders into the field and follow Carr.

At least there’s no time pressure, except in view of Carr’s contract, when the franchise is being realigned.

And when the decision is finally made, Carr’s close friend Adams will also have calmed down.

Because one thing is clear: the show in Vegas must always go on.

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