Carr benched, speculation builds regarding his future with Raiders

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Raiders QB Jarrett Stidham has been named the team’s starting quarterback for the final two games of the season, head coach Josh McDaniels announced Wednesday. That means QB Derek Carr is unlikely to play the rest of the season after a disappointing year in which he posted a 6-9 starting record, 3,522 passing yards, 24 touchdowns and a career-high 14 interceptions.

McDaniels said the decision is more about giving Stidham a chance than it is about Carr’s future with the team.

“There’s a lot of evaluating that’s going to take place here once the season’s over in terms of how we make the most progress, what makes the most sense for everybody and how we move forward,” McDaniels said.

The Raiders are facing an ultimatum this offseason when it comes to Carr, whose 2023 salary and $7.5 million of his 2024 salary becomes guaranteed on Feb. 15, 2023, per Spotrac. The same amount becomes guaranteed if he fails a physical, which may have given the team incentive to start Stidham for the upcoming final two games.

If the Raiders want to move on from Carr, they can release him by Feb. 15 to avoid roughly $40 million salary becoming guaranteed. The Feb. 15 deadline comes well before free agency in March and the NFL Draft in April, which means the Raiders will have a big decision on their hands soon regarding Carr’s future.

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