On Thursday, Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr announced his departure over social media.
Carr tweeted, “Raider Nation, it crushes my heart I didn’t get the chance to say goodbye in person.” “Over the course of our nine years together, we’ve been through a lot of ups and downs. For all the years you’ve been there for me and my loved ones, I can’t thank you enough.”
Carr, 31, also brought up his earlier statement that he would likely retire from football if he was no longer a member of the Raiders.
Carr added, “I once said that if I’m not a Raider I would rather be at home and I meant that, but I never envisioned it ending this way. “I still feel an intense desire to achieve success and win a title. Inferno that only God can put out.
I’m excited to start again in a new location with a new team that, no matter what, will have my full commitment and all of my talents. My lifelong goal, and motivation to keep working toward it, is to win a championship.”
If Carr is still on the roster on February 15, which is specified in his contract as “three days after the Super Bowl,” then his $32.9 million base pay for 2023 and $7.5 million of his 2024 salary become guaranteed.
If the Raiders are unable to find a suitable trade partner before then, they will have to decide whether to pay him more than $40 million in guaranteed money or let him go. About $5 million in wasted capital would be the result.
Carr was taken out of the lineup for the final two games of the season as a result of his poor performance.
Carr, who has been named to the Pro Bowl three times, has thrown for 3,522 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions through 15 games this season. He has thrown for 35,222 yards with the team and scored 35 touchdowns (217).