Derek Carr said goodbye Thursday to the only NFL team he’s ever known.
In a social media post, the Las Vegas Raiders quarterback He thanked the organization and the fans, adding that he hopes to play with a new team in a new city.
«Raider Nation breaks my heart, I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye in person,» Carr wrote. «We have certainly been on a roller coaster in our 9 years together. From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful for the years of support that they gave me and my family».
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«It’s especially hard to say goodbye because I can honestly say that I gave you everything I had, every day, in season and in the off season,» she continued. «It certainly wasn’t perfect, but I hope I was able to leave you with more than a few good memories as Raiders fans.»
Carr’s future in Las Vegas has been up in the air since the three time professional bowler he was benched for the final two games of the regular season.
On Thursday morning, it was reported that Las Vegas would begin exploring the Carr commercial market.
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His $40.4 million salary over the next two seasons is guaranteed on Feb. 15 if he’s still in the organization.
«Thank you to the City of Oakland for having us,» Carr said in his statement. «Thank you to the City of Las Vegas for allowing us to proudly call it home. Thank you to the organization, my teammates, all my coaches, staff and everyone who helped me these last 9 years in those 2 buildings. Thank you to all of Raider Nation who supported, encouraged me, pushed and cheered me on at different times throughout this journey. Raider Nation is truly special.»
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Carr has a no-trade clause, and reports Thursday morning that the Raiders would start exploring the trade market He noted that Carr was part of the process.
Carr struggled his first year under head coach Josh McDaniels, throwing 14 interceptions and completing 60.8% of his passes.
The Raiders went 6-11 and missed the playoffs after reaching the postseason in 2021.
«I once said if I’m not a Raider I’d rather be home and I meant it but I never imagined it would end this way,» Carr wrote. «That fire that burns inside me to win a championship still rages. A fire that no man can extinguish, only God.
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«So I’m looking forward to a new city and a new team that, no matter what the circumstances, will get everything I have. Winning a championship is what I’ve always wanted and will continue to work for.»
Carr’s agent issued a statement shortly after his client did, saying his time with the Raiders is «effectively over.»
There should be a number of suitors for Carr’s services with several teams looking to bolster their quarterback positions.