Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said he would "absolutely" love the chance to help Johnny Manziel and hopes the controversial quarterback someday returns to the league.
"You know, I spent a lot of time around him," Carr told Peter King of TheMMQB.com. "He's such a good dude. I obviously wish him the best, you know I hope that...hopefully one day he'll reach out, [I'd] be able to talk to him and be a friend to him."
Carr added: "He's so talented, so I understand why he was drafted where he was. He could throw, could run, a dynamic athlete, dynamic player. Obviously he just had a little trouble. He's still young though, so hopefully he'll get another chance someday and he'll be alright."
Manziel responded to those comments on Twitter:
As quarterbacking tutors go, it would be hard to do much better than Carr at the moment. The 25-year-old has established himself as perhaps the best young quarterback in football, throwing for 3,492 yards, 24 touchdowns and five interceptions while completing 63.5 percent of his passes in just his third NFL season.
More importantly, he's led the Raiders to a 10-3 record.
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While Carr has thrived since being the No. 36 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, Manziel has floundered since the Cleveland Browns selected him 22nd in that same draft. A suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and a number of off-field incidents marked Manziel's time in the league before the Browns cut him in March 2016.
He is also under review of the league's domestic violence policy and could face a six-game suspension, according to ESPN.com. So the road back to the NFL could be a long one for Manziel even if he finds a team willing to take on the baggage he's accumulated over the past few years.
In Carr, at least, he appears to have an ally.
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