Derek Carr made his decision, telling the Las Vegas Raiders that he doesn’t want to be traded anywhere.
In turn, the Raiders will release Carr, making him one of the top free-agent quarterbacks this offseason, according to NFL Network.
The reason Carr can force the Raiders’ hand here is because of the no-trade clause that’s in his contract. Carr would have to approve any trade the Raiders make.
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However, Las Vegas gave Carr permission to speak with teams that would be interested in his services for the upcoming season. That prompted a recent visit to the New Orleans Saints, but nothing materialized there.
The Raiders already made it known that Carr would not be in their future plans for next season and beyond.
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It was meant to be a $34.8 million salary-cap hit for next season, but cutting it would save the Raiders $29.25 million that they could use to make other moves.
Now, Carr will be able to talk to any team he wants without permission as a free agent. And there are some, like the New York Jets, Houston Texans and more, that are expected to add new signal callers either through free agency or the NFL Draft in April.
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Carr, who turns 32 in March, had a rough year in Las Vegas under new head coach Josh McDaniels, passing for 3,522 yards with 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.
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In the previous season, Carr nearly reached the 5,000-yard mark, throwing for 4,804 with 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions as the Raiders made the playoffs.