Derek Carr on Rumors About Raiders Future: I'm Going to Be Here 'A Long Time'

Paul KasabianSenior ContributorMay 22, 2019

Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr speaks to the media at a press conference following an official team activity, Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the NFL football team's headquarters in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/D. Ross Cameron)
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Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr told reporters at his team's offseason team activities Tuesday that he will be with the Silver and Black "a long time."

The remarks were in response to past reports connecting the Raiders to Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray, who the Arizona Cardinals took No. 1 overall.

Of note, ESPN's Todd McShay said on Get Up! (h/t Tyler Conway of Bleacher Report) that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden "loves" Murray but didn't feel the same way about Carr.

Peter King of NBC Sports (h/t Andrew Perloff of the Dan Patrick Show) also said the following.

"Someone in Indianapolis told me Jon Gruden is the worst poker player in the NFL," King remarked on the Dan Patrick Show in March. "He and [Raiders general manager] Mike Mayock can talk all they want about Derek Carr...but I'll tell you Jon Gruden is very interested in Kyler Murray."

If there was any interest in Murray or any other quarterback, it did not materialize as the Raiders pressed forward with Carr despite having three first-round picks to use to take another signal-caller or package to try to land the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner.

For his part, Carr says he is on the "same page" with Raiders brass, per Adam Maya of NFL.com

"The owner, the GM, the head coach and the quarterback, I don't know about other places, but here, we're all on the same page.

"I talk to all three of those guys all the time. They tell me good, bad and ugly. We are always on the same page because that's what our team needs. That's what the good organizations do.

"And so, from the beginning, I'll say it this way, man, I met with all of them, talked with all of them. When I watched the draft there was like negative-47 percent chance they were going to draft somebody in my mind. Hopefully those guys didn't have their hopes up. But it wasn't going to happen. They pretty much said that literally every time it even came up, if it even came up. We're not just planning for this year. I'm honestly going to be here a long time. And so I hope that's OK with you guys, but you got to get used to me."

Carr signed a five-year, $125.05 million extension with Oakland in 2017, per Over the Cap, and Oakland did not take a quarterback in the draft.

Granted, the team can release him before the deal runs out in 2022, but right now, the 28-year-old should be leading the team's final Oakland season before opening as the starter in Las Vegas in 2020 after the team moves.

The question is whether the Raiders can bounce back closer to its 2016 form after two forgettable seasons.

In 2016, Carr led a resurgent Raiders team to a 12-4 record and their first playoff appearance since 2002. The ex-Fresno State star dominated to the tune of 28 touchdowns (to only six interceptions), a 63.8 percent completion rate and 7.5 adjusted yards per pass attempt, according to Pro Football Reference.

Unfortunately, Carr suffered a broken fibula in Week 16 and missed the rest of the season. Oakland lost to the Houston Texans 27-14 in the AFC Wild Card Round.

The quarterback and team haven't regained their mojo: The bottom fell out in 2017 when the team went 6-10 before dropping to 4-12 in 2018. Over 2017 to 2018, Carr's adjusted yards per attempt dropped to 6.9, and he also threw 23 picks.

Still, the Raiders regressed as a team: The offense suffered numerous injuries, wideout Amari Cooper was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in Oct. 2018 and Carr's sack rate spiked to 8.4 percent last year after sitting at 2.8 percent in 2016.

On defense, edge-rusher Khalil Mack left for the Chicago Bears via trade before the 2018 season began, and the team let up the most points per game in the league.

Reinforcements have arrived via the draft (e.g., Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell), trade (e.g., Pittsburgh Steelers wideout Antonio Brown) and free agency (e.g., Los Angeles Rams safety Lamarcus Joyner). That could lead to a season more reminiscent of 2016 with Carr leading the way, although the AFC West should be tough once again with a pair of 12-4 teams (the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs) still looking strong.

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