According to reports, the Las Vegas Raiders benched quarterback Derek Carr partly due to their
desire to avoid risking an injury before seeking a potential trade this offseason.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Jarrett Stidham will start at quarterback for the Raiders, with
Chase Garbers serving as his backup. Carr will sit out the game.
The 6-9 Raiders will play at home against the Kansas City Chiefs and San Francisco 49ers to
finish the regular season.
Carr and the Raiders reached a three-year, $121.5 million agreement before the current campaign.
But by letting go of Carr, Las Vegas may save a lot of cash. The Raiders would also be liable for
more than $40 million if he can’t pass a physical, as PFF’s Ari Meirov pointed out.
With head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler taking over this year, the
Raiders appeared to enter a new era. Expectations were high after the Silver and Black won 10
games and entered the playoffs the previous year.
The Raiders brought in his former college classmate and current NFL standout wideout Davante
Adams to play with Carr on offense, suggesting that the choice to continue with him had been
Carr, who leads the NFL with 14 interceptions, has had a difficult season. Additionally, according
to Pro Football Reference, he has a quarterback rating of just 25 out of 33 qualifiers.
The Raiders are now 6-9 overall and have a little chance of making the playoffs.
This season, Carr is only a small part of Las Vegas’ issues; the team is No. 23 in scoring defense.
The Raiders have also had a terrible time winning close games; all but one of their defeats were
by a score of one touchdown or less.
However, there might easily be suitors for the 31-year-old Carr, a three-time Pro Bowler who
completed 68.7 percent of his throws for 90 touchdowns and just 41 interceptions from 2018 to
2021. In the end, Carr’s benching appears to be a hint that the Raiders want to move forward.
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