Derek Carr officially released by Raiders
LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) - Quarterback Derek Carr has officially been released by the Raiders.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported that Carr has officially been released. The move makes Carr a free agent.
Carr’s agent said they wished Raiders luck, saying Carr is moving “onward and upward.”
Carr recently visited the Saints but had a no-trade clause.
The Raiders confirmed the move Tuesday afternoon, providing the below statement from head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler:
“We have a lot of respect for Derek Carr and what he has meant to the Raiders organization for the last nine years. Derek has done great things in this league and we’re thankful to have been able to work with him this past year. He is a true professional and we appreciate his hard work in striving to produce the results we all desire. We wish Derek and his family all the best in the future.”
The move was expected after Carr was benched with two games remaining this season because the Raiders would have owed him $40.4 million in guaranteed money over the next two years if he remained on the roster beyond Tuesday. By releasing Carr, the Raiders’ salary dead cap hit will be $5.6 million next season.
Carr indicated the week of the Pro Bowl that free agency was his preference over a trade, saying Peyton Manning was encouraging during a discussion they had. The Colts released Manning in 2012 and he went on to win a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos after the 2015 season.
“I’m just looking for teams that have made that decision consistently that they’ll do whatever it takes to put a winning program out there,” Carr said Feb. 2. “So for me, that’s just to win, win a championship. That’s at the forefront of the mind. It’s not money.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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