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Raiders Rumors: Derek Carr Expected to Be Traded 'Earlier Rather Than Later'

Rob Goldberg@@TheRobGoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 21, 2023

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA - DECEMBER 24: Derek Carr #4 of the Las Vegas Raiders throws a pass in the first quarter against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Acrisure Stadium on December 24, 2022 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Gaelen Morse/Getty Images)
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Derek Carr has likely played his last game with the Las Vegas Raiders, and ESPN's Adam Schefter reported a trade is likely in his future:

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"At some point this offseason, earlier rather than later, he is expected to be traded," Schefter said of Carr.

The veteran quarterback has three more years on his current contract, but he was benched for the final two games of the 2022 season and sent a goodbye post to the organization on social media last week.

A deal for Carr would likely be done before Feb. 15, when a $40 million guarantee in his contract is triggered, per ESPN's Rich Cimini.

The Raiders would be left with just $5.625 million in dead cap after a trade, saving $29.25 million, per Spotrac.

Carr has started 142 games for the Raiders since being drafted in 2014. He earned three Pro Bowl selections, throwing at least 20 touchdown passes in eight of nine seasons.

His experience and production could be enough to draw interest on the trade market, especially with so much demand for proven quarterbacks around the league. Schefter listed the New York Jets, Washington Commanders, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and the entire NFC South among teams in the market for quarterbacks this offseason.

Las Vegas is still ready to move on after a disappointing 2022 season following the team adding star receiver Davante Adams.

Carr's passer rating dropped from 94.0 to 86.3 this season, while his completion percentage and passing yards per game were way down from 2021.

The 31-year-old will look to bounce back with a new team in 2023.