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Derek Carr bids farewell to Raiders after nine seasons

Derek Carr said goodbye Thursday to the only NFL team he’s ever known.

In a social media post, the Las Vegas Raiders Quarterback thanked the organization and the fans, adding that he was looking forward to playing with a new team in a new city.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, #4, reacts to throwing an interception during the NFL game between the Las Vegas Raiders and the Los Angeles Rams on December 8, 2022, at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, in California.
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“Raider Nation, it breaks my heart, I haven’t had the opportunity to say goodbye in person,” Carr wrote. “We have certainly been on a roller coaster in our 9 years together. From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful and grateful for the years of support you have given me and my family.”

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“It’s especially hard to say goodbye because I can honestly say that I gave you everything I had, every day, in season and out of season,” he continued. “It certainly wasn’t perfect, but I hope I was able to leave you with more than a few good ones memories as a Raiders fan.”

Carr’s future in Las Vegas has been up in the air since the three-time Pro Bowler was benched for the final two games of the regular season.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, #4, speaks to wide receiver Keelan Cole, #84, after their win over the New England Patriots at Allegiant Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Las Vegas. The Raiders beat the Patriots 30-24.
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On Thursday morning, it was reported that Las Vegas would begin exploring Carr’s commercial market.

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His $40.4 million salary over the next two seasons becomes guaranteed Feb. 15 if he’s still with the organization.

“Thank you to the City of Oakland for hosting us,” Carr said in her statement. “Thank you to the City of Las Vegas for allowing us to proudly call you home. Thank you to the organization, to my teammates, to all my coaches, to my staff and to everyone who has helped me over the past 9 years in these 2 buildings. Thank you all for Raider Nation who supported, encouraged, pushed and uplifted me at different times during this journey. Raider Nation is truly special.”

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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, #4, calls signals during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, #4, calls signals during the first half of an NFL football game against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2022.
(AP Photo/Don Wright)

Carr has a no-trade clause, and reports Thursday morning that the Raiders would start explore the trade market pointed out that Carr was part of the process.

Carr struggled in his first year under head coach Josh McDaniels, throwing 14 interceptions while completing 60.8% of his passes.

The Raiders went 6-11 and missed the playoffs after making the playoffs in 2021.

“I once said if I wasn’t a Raider I’d rather be home and I meant it, but I never imagined it would end like this,” Carr wrote. “That fire that burns inside me to win a championship is still raging. A fire that no man can extinguish, only God.

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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, #4, looks for a throw during the first half of a game against the New England Patriots at Allegiant Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Las Vegas.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr, #4, looks for a throw during the first half of a game against the New England Patriots at Allegiant Stadium on December 18, 2022 in Las Vegas.
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“So I’m looking forward to a new city and a new team that, whatever the circumstances, will get everything I have. Winning a championship is what I have always wanted and what I will continue to work towards.”

Carr’s agent released a statement shortly after his client did, saying his time with the Raiders “is effectively over.”

There should be a number of contenders for Carr’s services with several teams looking to solidify their quarterback positions.

Source : BBNWORLDNEWS

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