No quarterback has opted out of the 2020 season. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said Tuesday he never considered it.
“I did not,” Carr said in a videoconference, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “I have a lot to prove to myself. I have a lot to prove to my organization. I’m going to be completely honest with you: I’m tired of being disrespected. So there was no question I was going to play this year.”
Critics never expected Carr to last into a third season with Jon Gruden, making the move to Las Vegas. He has survived but now has Marcus Mariota looking over his shoulder.
Since his broken leg ended an MVP-caliber season in 2016, Carr is 17-30 as the Raiders’ starter with 62 touchdowns, 31 interceptions and a 93.7 passer rating. The three-time Pro Bowler has never started a postseason game.
His time to prove something to himself and the team, while earning respect from everyone else is here. It’s now.