Raiders bench Derek Carr; QB to step away from team, avoid distraction, source says - ESPN

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Dec 28, 2022

  • Paul GutierrezESPN Staff Writer


    • Covered Oakland Raiders for and Sacramento Bee for 8 years
    • Member of Pro Football Writers Association
    • Previously worked astatine Los Angeles Times, Las Vegas Review-Journal and Sports Illustrated

HENDERSON, Nev. -- The Las Vegas Raiders are benching Derek Carr, the team's starting backmost since 2014, first-year manager Josh McDaniels said Wednesday.

Jarrett Stidham, acquired successful an offseason commercialized from the New England Patriots, volition commencement against the San Francisco 49ers connected Sunday astatine Allegiant Stadium, and undrafted rookie escaped cause Chase Garbers volition beryllium the backup.

A root confirmed to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler that Carr and the Raiders agreed that helium volition measurement distant from the squad for the remainder of the regular play to not beryllium a distraction. He was the lone progressive Raiders subordinate not to signifier Wednesday, with the squad listing his lack arsenic "not wounded related, personal."

"The 2 sides talked astir it and thought it was best," the root said.

Raiders wideout Davante Adams, a assemblage teammate of Carr whom Las Vegas acquired successful the offseason via commercialized with the Green Bay Packers, said helium spoke with the backmost earlier Wednesday but didn't grow connected those conversations.

"Obviously, I don't deliberation anybody was excited astir it successful here," Adams said. "You know, him being 1 of my truly bully friends and the crushed wherefore I came present successful the archetypal place, I mean, I wouldn't beryllium present close present if helium wasn't here, truthful I deliberation everybody knows however I consciousness astir him.

"And with that said, there's a process of however things go, and I'm not going to beryllium present and spell connected and on, but evidently I enactment my feline and we've got to decorativeness the play retired the champion mode we tin imaginable with each things considered."

Carr, who holds virtually each passing grounds successful franchise history, had signed a three-year, $121.5 cardinal declaration hold successful the spring, but helium could beryllium chopped for a $5.625 cardinal salary-cap deed if the determination is made wrong 3 days of the Super Bowl. His $32.9 cardinal wage for adjacent twelvemonth and $7.5 cardinal of his 2024 wage would beryllium afloat guaranteed should helium beryllium injured.

Sources told Fowler that the Raiders made this determination successful portion to support Carr's wellness and support their options unfastened this offseason, including for a imaginable trade. The sources did enactment that the enactment for Carr to instrumentality successful 2023 is inactive connected the table.

McDaniels said determination was nary "finality" successful the determination to unopen down Carr.

"None of america is blessed with wherever we're at, but we deliberation it's an accidental to measure a younger subordinate who hasn't had overmuch clip to play," McDaniels said. "Derek was great. He understands the script that we're successful and the concern and is precise supportive of the 2 young guys. He'll bash thing helium tin to assistance them."

Carr has struggled successful his archetypal play nether the Raiders' caller authorities of McDaniels and wide manager Dave Ziegler. Carr has an NFL-high and career-high-tying 14 interceptions, and his passer standing of 86.3 is his lowest since his rookie season.

Stidham, a 2019 fourth-round pick, volition beryllium making his archetypal vocation commencement Sunday. He is 8-for-13 for 72 yards successful 3 games this season.

"He tin rotation the ball," Raiders moving backmost Josh Jacobs said. "He's been successful the strategy longer than immoderate backmost we've had here. So helium knows what's going on. He knows what reads to make. It's going to beryllium amusive to spot him successful the game."

The Raiders besides placed a brace of seasoned antiaircraft players connected injured reserve successful antiaircraft extremity Chandler Jones and linebacker Denzel Perryman. They suffered near elbow and near enarthrosis injuries, respectively, against the Pittsburgh Steelers connected Saturday.

Las Vegas, a playoff squad a twelvemonth agone astatine 10-7 nether interim manager Rich Bisaccia, is 6-9 and inactive mathematically live for a playoff spot arsenic it closes the regular play against the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.

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