Derek Carr leaves the Las Vegas Raiders after bench pressing and nine years
‘I never imagined it would end like this’: Derek Carr LEAVES Las Vegas Raiders after being benched for the team’s final two games of the season as he regrets not being able to say a proper goodbye … but admits the fire to win a championship. still raging
Derek Carr has left the Las Vegas Raiders for good after leaving in late December for the remainder of the season after being benched.
Head coach Josh McDaniels stunned the football world after he ditched Carr as starting quarterback in favor of longtime backup Jarrett Stidham for the Raiders’ final two games of the regular season.
And now Carr has said goodbye and is moving on after nine years with the franchise, saying, “The fire that burns inside me to win a championship is still raging.”
Derek Carr has left the Las Vegas Raiders for good after missing the last two games
“Raider Nation, it breaks my heart I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye in person,” he wrote in a statement on Twitter Thursday.
“We have certainly experienced a rollercoaster ride in our nine years together. From the bottom of my heart I am so thankful and grateful for the years of support you have given my family and I. We’ve had our share of heartbreaking moments and thrilling rides to win games, and it always felt like you were next to me.
“It’s especially hard to say goodbye because I can honestly say I gave you everything I had, every single day, in-season and off-season. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but I hope that as Raider fans I was able to leave you with more than a few great memories.
Head coach Josh McDaniels stunned the football world after benching Carr at the end of the season
“Thank you to the City of Oakland for accepting us. Thank you to the City of Las Vegas for allowing us to proudly call you home. Thank you to the organization, my teammates, all my coaches, staff and everyone who has helped me in these two buildings over the past nine years. Thank you to everyone at Raider Nation for supporting, encouraging, pushing and building me at various times throughout this journey. Raider Nation is really something special.
“I once said that if I wasn’t a raider I’d rather be home and I meant it, but I never thought it would end like this. The fire that burns within me to win a championship is still raging. A fire that no one can put out; only God.
“That’s why I’m looking forward to a new city and a new team that will by all means get everything I have. Winning a championship is what I always wanted and will continue to work towards.
“God bless you all and with love, DC4.”
Carr signed a three-year extension in April but has the worst QB rating since the 2014 rookie season
Carr signed a three-year extension in April that would guarantee him $33 million through 2023 unless the Raiders move on before February 15. Now his salary cap would be $5.6 million.
A serious injury in the last two games would have meant Carr would have received the entire $33 million, so there was an incentive to bench a struggling quarterback and not risk him getting injured.
In 15 games this season, Carr had an 86.3 quarterback rating — the worst since his 2014 rookie season when the franchise was still playing in Oakland.
“None of us are happy with where we are, but we think it’s an opportunity to evaluate a younger player who hasn’t had much time to play,” McDaniels said last month.
“Derek was great. He understands the scenario we are in and the situation and is very supportive of the two young men. He’ll do anything to help them.”
Carr was able to help Las Vegas secure an offseason trade for ex-Packer Davante Adams
Carr made three consecutive Pro Bowl appearances with the Raiders from 2015-17 and made the playoffs twice.
The Raiders took on All-Pro wide receiver Davante Adams last offseason thanks to his close relationship with college teammate Carr.
Adams took to Instagram to speak up for the former Fresno State quarterback after his bench press.
“This man gave everything he had. The reason I’m a Raider… One of the most disciplined and loving people I know,” Adams wrote.
‘Got my brothers back through whatever and if you can’t respect it (excuse my language) [middle finger emoji] She!!! I love you bruh.’
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