Two weeks and one day after being benched by the Las Vegas Raiders, quarterback Derek Carr broke his silence and said goodbye to the team’s fans in a social media statement Thursday. quarterback Derek Carr had been the Raiders’ starting quarterback since being drafted in the second round of the NFL draught in 2014.
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“It breaks my heart I didn’t get an opportunity to say goodbye in person,” Carr wrote, despite staying away from the team for its final two games in a mutual decision to not become a distraction. “We certainly have been on a roller coaster in our 9 years together. From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful and appreciative of the years of support you gave to my family and me. We had our share of both heart breaking moments and thrilling game winning drives, and it always felt like you were there next to me.
“It’s especially hard to say goodbye because I can honestly say that I gave you everything I had, every single day, in season, and in the off season. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but I hope that I was able to leave you with more than a few great memories as Raider fans.”
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I’ve spent my entire life as a Raider.
Carr, who signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension with the Raiders in 2017 and a three-year, $121.5 million extension last spring, said he would “probably quit football” in 2021 if he had to play for someone else. For the rest of my life, I’m going to root for one team: the Raiders. So I just know in my heart that I don’t need a perfect situation to make things right.
If I have to, I’d rather go down with the ship, you know what I mean.
Carr acknowledged those feelings in his latest statement, but said he was looking forward to playing for another NFL team.
I meant it, but I never imagined it ending this way, he wrote. That desire to win a championship still burns within me.
Carr’s most recent contract included a no-trade clause and the right for the Raiders to cut him within three days of the Super Bowl for a relatively minor $5.625 salary-cap hit.