Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said Tuesday at the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine he's "very happy" with quarterback Derek Carr, but he stopped short of committing to him as the team's starter for the 2020 season.
"Derek played at a high level last season. I'm very happy with Derek," Mayock told reporters. "But as I've said before, we will evaluate every position on our roster and if there's a chance to upgrade, we will look into that."
Carr is coming off a 2019 campaign in which he posted career-high totals in completion percentage (70.4) and passing yards (4,054) to go along with 21 touchdowns and just eight interceptions in 16 games. He ranked 10th in passer rating (100.8) and tied for ninth ESPN's Total QBR (62.2).
The 28-year-old Fresno State product said at a ceremony in January announcing the team officially becoming the Las Vegas Raiders that he's learned how to handle the offseason rumors and speculation throughout his six years in the league, even after a statistically strong season.
"All of these things that [you'd think] everyone would be like, 'Yes, we're going the right way,'" he told ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. "'Everything's getting better, and we know where we need to add things and where we [need] help.' You would think that that would be the story. But that's not how it works. And I understand that now."
Those comments came after Raiders owner Mark Davis was pictured speaking with longtime New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who can become an unrestricted free agent March 18, at UFC 246.
"I mean, there was a lot of quarterbacks at that fight," Carr told Gutierrez. "And there was a lot of football players at that fight that are free agents. And it's like, every time, with my job, it's always a story."
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported on the Rich Eisen Show last week the Raiders and Tennessee Titans were the top potential landing spots for Brady if he decides to leave the Pats:
If Vegas does sign the three-time MVP, it's likely the franchise would look to move Carr, who has three seasons left on his five-year, $125 million contract with a $21.5 million cap hit for 2020, per Spotrac.
There would likely be plenty of trade interest in Carr, who rates 12th among active quarterbacks in career passer rating (90.7), if the Raiders go in a different direction under center.