QB Derek Carr said goodbye to the Raiders and their fans Thursday in a statement released via Twitter. Carr expressed gratitude for his time in both Oakland and Las Vegas, thanking teammates, coaches, staff and others.
Although Carr has previously said he would rather retire than play for another team in the league, but in his statement, Carr made it clear that he will continue his career and is excited for his next opportunity in the NFL.
“I never envisioned (my time with the Raiders) ending this way. That fire burning inside of me to win a championship still rages.”
Carr’s statement suggested that he is still unsure of what his future holds.
“I look forward to a new city and a new team who, no matter the circumstance, will get everything I have.”
NFL’s Ian Rapaport reported Thursday that the Raiders are exploring the possibilities of trading Carr. However, with Carr’s no-trade clause and the terms of his current contract, his release from the Raiders is a more likely outcome.
Carr’s nine-year career as the Raiders’ all-time passing leader will come to an end in the very near future. As Carr searches for a new team in 2023 and beyond, the Raiders are faced with the monumental task of replacing their longtime franchise quarterback either through the draft or with a veteran.
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