Derek Carr is growing weary of the Raiders quarterback rumors

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The rumor mill has been looking for a new quarterback for the Raiders. And it’s getting under the skin of the team’s current quarterback.

The latest buzz emerged after soon-to-be-free-agent quarterback Tom Brady attended the recent UFC event in Las Vegas, chatting openly with Raiders owner Mark Davis.

Derek Carr addressed the situation on Wednesday’s official unveiling of the Raiders as the first NFL franchise in Las Vegas.

“I mean, there was a lot of quarterbacks at that fight,” Carr said with a laugh, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. “And there was a lot of football players at that fight that are free agents. And it’s like, every time, with my job, it’s always a story. No matter what. And knowing some people that were around, I even know what the conversation was [between Davis and Brady], and it’s like, ‘C’mon, man, when’s it going to end?‘”

(David separately joked that the discussion “was about Tom was going to fight [Manny] Pacquiao here to open the stadium.”)

Joking aside, Carr doesn’t seem to appreciate the presumption that it’s just a matter of time before the Raiders throw him overboard.

“All of these things that [you’d think] everyone would be like, ‘Yes, we’re going the right way. Everything’s getting better, and we know where we need to add things and where we [need] help.’ You would think that that would be the story. But that’s not how it works. And I understand that now,” Carr said. “Especially when people are seen with certain people. It’s like, ‘Oh, gosh. Well, I was at dinner with [Davis] last night. Does that count for anything?’ Golly. It’s just funny. But I’m used to it now. But I’ll say it this way: I look forward to taking the first snap in that stadium, and I look forward to taking every snap from here on out — until I’m done.”

It’s not the first time Carr has declared that he’ll be the Raiders’ quarterback for as long as he wants to be. Which once again demonstrates a fundamental misunderstanding as to how football works.

The Raiders will keep Carr as the team’s quarterback only as long as the team believes that employing Carr in that position meshes with the team’s best interests. The moment the Raiders believe otherwise, Carr will be gone. And history tells us that, far more often than not, the team decides to move on before the player does.

77 responses to “Derek Carr is growing weary of the Raiders quarterback rumors

  1. at least they aren’t suffocated with having 30-30 for their qb…
    there is a vast number of fans that would love to see these 2 teams trade qbs!

  2. He and his brothers are incredibly thin-skinned. Gruden has to be tired of coaching with kid gloves by now…if the premature checkdowns, reluctance to extend plays and 4th down throwaways weren’t enough.

  3. Outside of Rich Gannon, Gruden never found a QB he couldn’t place nicely under a bus. After Carr, it will be the next guy.

  4. $16.5 Million cap saving next year cutting him now (and way more later on). They know they are a couple years away from contending and have draft capital. He will be cut. But they also want to make a splash opening the new stadium and city with a big name QB. Brady fills the roll not needing to commit to him more than 2 years. Vegas is powerful and Brady would be the greatest attention getter and economic boom. Money talks.

  5. The fans will stop wanting to replace you when you stop giving up and chucking the ball straight into the turf and actually try to make something out of nothing on your own. They’ll stop when you stop saying “it’s just a game” in post game press conferences after repeated losses. They’ll stop when you start playing like a 125,000,000 dollar qb that you are getting paid to be. When you willfully eat up that much of the team salary cap you can’t keep saying we are going to get other parts. Give back some of that money and you’ll hear less about wanting to replace you.

  6. Mayock and Gruden inherited Carr, now they want to cut the cord. He definitely would be fun to watch on another team that provided him some weapons at the skilled positions.

  7. This Raider fan is worn out by Derek Carr’s constant talking. It would be great if he would just be quiet, hunker down, play at a good level and just stop talking to any camera that is around. There is a reason why he is under the microscope; he doesn’t let his play do the talking. Fatigued by him and his brother David on the NFL Network.

  8. Sad thing is he doesn’t realize he’s not a franchise QB. So when they get one the rumors will stop.

  9. If your not good at your job there is a possibility you might get fired.That goes on everyday in the real world Mr Carr

  10. Carr has every right to be tired of this speculation. He has performed well ever since becoming the Raiders QB. He has also represented the team well and has been a great teammate. Mayock and Gruden should unequivocally state that Carr will be their QB for this coming season.

  11. Just when I thought that I couldn’t dislike him anymore, he proves once again what a moron he is. He’s an average QB at best who needs everything around him to be perfect to succeed. He’s very easily replaceable and I hope it happens sooner than later.

  12. with a new set of Receivers and key pieces to our Defense Carr can be a winning QB, but he has to learn how to scramble to keep the chains moving and for GOSH sakes throw the damn ball more than 3 yards. I believe Chucky and Mayock will crush the draft again sign awesome free agents and we at lest make a wildcard berth and maybe split with the Chiefs,,,,BOOK IT!

  13. Top-8 rated QB (QB rating, QBR) despite having a constant rotation of castoffs and UDFA types at WR this year. QB rating above 100 for the season — more than 20 pts higher than 43-year old Tom Brady. 3-time Pro Bowler in 6 seasons. 3rd in MVP voting in 2016. Guys like Crabtree, Jared Cook and Waller have had the best seasons of their careers with Carr at QB. He’s never had a top 20 defense to help him out. To me the Carr bashing is typical lazy, blame the QB for everything thinking. Draft a potential WR1. Get another WR who can play and build a decent defense and we can improve again in 2020 to an 11 or 12 win team with Carr.

  14. Why in the world is Carr paying any attention to this stuff or commenting on it? He should tend to his own business and ignore the noise.

  15. Carr is what he is…. an average at very best QB

    he has had a losing record in 5 of his 6 NFL seasons. He is just like Jameis Winston…. he is in the middle of the middle echelon of starting QBs….

  16. When Antonio Brown blew up in August/September everyone knew the Raiders would be hard pressed to make up his production as they had no number one receiver. Tack on the toughest strength of schedule, and all the travel, the various player comings and going like the Burfict suspension, and really the Raiders over achieved. I’d draft WR, OL, DL, DB. Carr completed 70% of his passes and other than Peyton Manning is the only QB in NFL history with 300 completions, 3,000 yards passing in each of his first six seasons in the league. Let him happen in Vegas.

  17. Derek Carr has been a pretty solid, sometimes outstanding QB for Oakland. And this past season he completed 70+ % of his passes, with a 21-8 TD/INT rate, and a passer rating of over 100. And he has rarely played with great talent around him. Not sure what the Raiders or their fans expect from a QB? Derek Carr should be their starting QB next season.

  18. We the fans are growing weary of his B.S. checkdown panic throws. He had one of the best O-lines in the league for most of the season. He is like Brady in that he is great when he has a lot of time to throw but the second you put pressure on him he chokes.

  19. Derek Carr had a Completion % of 70.4 (2nd best behind only Brees), threw for over 4,000 yards, with 21 TDs & 8 INTs.

    Derek Carr is not the problem. That’s personnel & coaching. Better receivers, better play calling, & the TDs & wins go up.

  20. Derek Carr isn’t going anywhere, last year everyone said the Raiders were going to trade up and draft Kyler Murray, quarterback is the least of their problems, get him a wide receiver and some cornerbacks and linebackers and they will win

  21. Any real fans knows our defense is swiss cheese and Carr does not have a #1 receiver ..for example we were leading the Jaguars 16-3 at half time and still lost ? You can say what you want about Carr but he would be a starter on most other teams ..one more quality draft and Carr get$ another season to prove his worth. Draft a later round rookie QB to compete with Carr that’s the plan .

    RN4L

  22. He had over 4000 yards passing, 21 TD – only 8 INTs, over 70% completion rate and over 100 QB rating. I see a lot of people piling on a guy who actually played pretty well.

  23. His numbers are good but he is mentally weak. His delicate sensibilities are offended. He does not make the players around him better.

  24. Carr is afraid the Raiders are going to park him on the bench.

    Keep your idle smooth… Don’t rev over the red line.

  25. Unless the 42 year old is actually Superman, I don’t understand why any team in a building mode would even consider Brady. He’s just not going to be around when you finally are good, and as others have said, Carr’s stats are fine. Imagine what they would have been if Brown hadn’t melted down. Heck they may have made the playoffs if Renfrow doesn’t miss 3 games.

  26. It will end when he proves that he should be the starter. At this point his 2016 season is a one off in a mediocre career.

  27. Lots of receivers in this years draft. They need defense, especially linebackers. But I also say they draft two receivers and a quarterback and let them fight over the starting position.

  28. I’ve seen him throw the ball out of the end zone, on 4th down on MULTIPLE occasions. His talent is only a little better than his nickle brain.

  29. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 23, 2020 at 6:31 am
    Carr has every right to be tired of this speculation. He has performed well ever since becoming the Raiders QB. He has also represented the team well and has been a great teammate. Mayock and Gruden should unequivocally state that Carr will be their QB for this coming season.

    ——-

    How do his postseason stats look?

  30. TribeOfOne says:
    January 23, 2020 at 7:38 am
    Put him on the Bears and they win the NFC North, no question about it.

    —–

    I thought Khalil Mack was supposed to do that?

  31. Look Derek ol’ boy…the Dolphins traded Tannehill and RT winds up in the AFC champ game with Titans. Get over it. Who knows? You might wind up in a Super Bowl with a new team. However, unlike Tannehill, you can’t handle it (which is why I love Aggies…they can man up).

  32. Brady’s numbers we’re less than Carr’s last year. This isn’t an upgrade and little more than a public stunt by a failing ownership group to keep a team on its 3rd city in 50 years relevant. One big problem though the division is owned by mahomes and Reid and bringing in Brady isn’t going to change that. Instead of getting a 20 point beat down it will be 10 but in the end it will be a loss and the chiefs will win the division again and again and again.

  33. Carr is a good QB. If the Raiders could get a 1st rounder out of him they should do it and draft a QB this year. I think Carr would have success in another organization. Hot Take: Brad for the Raiders would have similar success to Carr..But Carr for the Patriots would be an MVP candidate.

    One thought, Gruden has brought in many QB’s to back up (or beat out) Carr; but none of them have been good enough. EJ Manuel, Deshon Kizer, Nathan Peterman, Mike Glennon, AJ McCarron, Connor Cook, etc. I am not implying that the list of backups are starters in this league but until a better option presents itself, Carr will continue to be the starter.

  34. “Would Brady be an upgrade?”

    Davis doesn’t care about the product on field. What he sees in Brady is someone who will sell a ton of merchandise for him and provide a buzz for the team to put rear ends in seats.

    Winning? Doesn’t mean much to that owner

  35. A great QB finds a way to up everyone’s game around him. Derek Carr hasn’t done that. Can he, who knows! His fragile ego may be holding him back. I would consider drafting a QB, or seeing what is available in the free agent market. Then you go from there. The Raiders are in a new city with a different lifestyle. It’s important to get off on the right foot.

  36. Brady would bring excitement to the new Vegas location – it would be driven by “excitement” around the team rather then competing. With that said, the Raiders have the solid running game Brady needs, an upcoming TE and some outside weapons. I don’t see Brady wanting to be in a division with Mahomes though – thats why I don’t see SD or Vegas as destinations for Brady. Other divisions would be an easier route to the playoffs: AFC South, NFC EAST or staying in the AFC EAST

  37. The Raiders need to start by building a team capable of winning their division. That starts with building a team to beat the Chiefs. This is the puzzling part about trading away Khalil Mack. In any case they need to put some serious work into their defense

  38. Doesn’t matter over there in loserville,any Qb that is drafted by that franchise has never amounted to anything ..gonna be bottom feeders in that division for years to come !!! KC and Denver are and will be better than vegas for next 10-12 yrs!!!vegas won’t sniff the playoffs for next decade or more .. loser franchise..Just Lose Baby !!!

  39. cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 23, 2020 at 6:31 am
    Carr has every right to be tired of this speculation. He has performed well ever since becoming the Raiders QB. He has also represented the team well and has been a great teammate. Mayock and Gruden should unequivocally state that Carr will be their QB for this coming season.
    __________________

    I’m sure Mayock and Gruden were just waiting for your approval.

  40. When has Gruden ever developed a raw young QB into a very solid (or great) starter? When has he significantly improved a veteran QB? eh, Rich Gannon and Brad Johnson had some nice seasons before Gruden, and Gannon actually had a better season after Gruden was gone.

    Bottom line: Gruden is not a master QB developer. He talks a lot about QBs and has cycled through them like some coaches cycle through underwear. He’s always gazing over the fence at his next QB prospect.

    Andy Reid does better at elevating his QBs than Gruden ever does.

  41. A top flight wide-receiver and a reliable TE would probably do wonders for Carr. I agree about Gruden’s unearned rep as some kind of QB whisperer. Carr led the Raiders to the playoffs two years before Gruden arrived.
    Still if you’re Gruden and you are two years in on a 10-year deal, you probably wait until year 4 or 5 – then you draft a new QB to buy yourself three or four more years. Of course, by that time- everyone on the current roster will be traded or retired.

  42. SWFLPC.INC says:
    January 23, 2020 at 1:46 pm

    The Raiders need to start by building a team capable of winning their division. That starts with building a team to beat the Chiefs. This is the puzzling part about trading away Khalil Mack. In any case they need to put some serious work into their defense

    ———————-

    Ask the Bears how great this trade is when they have Ryan Fitzpatrick starting for them because they have zero draft capital and can’t pay anyone.

  43. Gruden wants a project QB, that he can mold into whatever it is he thinks a good QB is. He is the quarterback whisperer after all.

  44. BillyRayBob says:

    cardinealsfan20 says:
    January 23, 2020 at 6:31 am
    Carr has every right to be tired of this speculation. He has performed well ever since becoming the Raiders QB. He has also represented the team well and has been a great teammate. Mayock and Gruden should unequivocally state that Carr will be their QB for this coming season.
    __________________

    I’m sure Mayock and Gruden were just waiting for your approval.
    ___________________

    That was a suggestion there, BillyRay, not an approval.

  45. keep carr get rid of carr, what ever i have no control over it. just my opinion that i would like to see what he can do with some legit WR. but if they sign Brady i will not watch a single game until he is gone.

  46. Derek Carr this season had the 9th highest Passer Rating and the eight highest Pro Football Focus Grade.
    The Raiders offense however was only 20th highest in the NFL scoring only 313 points.
    The Raiders defense was the 24th highest in the league giving up 414 points.
    The numbers point to a good QB and to a defense which needs to be improved. A better OC may help as well.
    But if the Raiders do not want they should not have a problem trading him. Carr looks like a decent QB and there are not enough of those in the NFL.

  47. Name a quarterback who
    1. is scheduled to make $25 million in 2020
    2. fumbled the ball twice while reaching for the goal line with the football in 1 hand
    3. threw the ball completely out of bounds on 4th and goal with the clock running out and his team down by 21 points
    4. has a lifetime record way below .500
    5. led his team to a record of 7-9 in 2019.

    It does not take an Einstein to figure out that such a quarterback should be hearing others speculating on his future.

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