When the Las Vegas Raiders moved from Oakland to Las Vegas prior to the 2020 season, they were bringing with them what they thought was their franchise quarterback in Derek Carr. That was supposed to give them the stability needed to hit the ground running in Las Vegas.
But, that’s not how it worked out. Yes, the Raiders made the playoff in 2021, but the team missed it the two other years they’ve been in Vegas so far.
This year’s season started with high hopes. Vegas added superstar receiver Davante Adams to pair with Josh Jacobs, Hunter Renfrow and Darren Waller to give Carr a formidable group of weapons. But, the team sputtered under first-year head coach Josh McDaniels. They couldn’t recover from a 2-7 start, despite some good play in November and December.
Carr ended up being benched for the end of the season, as they let Jarrett Stidham play the last two weeks while he stepped away from the team.
That signaled the end of an era for the quarterback in Las Vegas, as the team has said they will move on from the signal-caller. Now, they’ve taken a huge step towards their former franchise quarterback finding a new home.
Raiders already have granted QB Derek Carr permission to speak with other teams interested in trading for him that have also agreed to compensation with Las Vegas, per sources.
It's the same arrangement the Texans had with quarterback Deshaun Watson last off-season.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) February 3, 2023
They had to grant permission for him to do this as he is still technically under contract. But, Carr’s no-trade clause means that it makes sense for the Raiders to let him talk to other teams. Knowing what teams Carr would approve a trade to increases their leverage in negotiations.
Still, they may not even get a trade done, and may have to release the 31-year-old Fresno State quarterback with no compensation coming back.
Just more misery for Raiders fans.