Derek Carr gets brutallyy honest about his final days with Raiders

Carr was benched for the final two games of the Raiders' season.

by Dzevad Mesic
Derek Carr gets brutallyy honest about his final days with Raiders

Derek Carr says he was "very upset and mad" after the Las Vegas Raiders decided to bench him for the final two games of the 2022 season. After the Raiders fell to a 6-9 record and got left with very slim chances of making the playoffs, the Raiders decided to bench Carr and ultimately send him home.

At that point, the Raiders knew they were going to move on from Carr after the 2022 season. But Carr's contract included a detail that would make Carr's $40 million guaranteed if he couldn't pass a physical. The Raiders pretty much benched Carr for the final two games of the regular season because they didn't want to risk him getting injured and then being on their hook for $40 million.

Carr on the Raiders' decision: I was very upset, mad

"I was, for lack of a better term, I was very upset; I was mad. You spend nine years in a place, you have all the records and you can play at a high level and for something to get in the way, whether it was whatever reason, money related or whatever, injury related, I would have said I don't even want the money, just to play two more times in front of our fans.

I didn't get that opportunity. So, it definitely lit a fire inside me to keep going," Carr told Fresno Bee. Carr set team records during his time with the Raiders but he failed to lead the team to success after they made several big moves last offfseason.

"If you win more games and you keep being productive, you stay there forever. But we didn't win enough games and that's the kind of stuff that happens with all the turnover of coaches; with all the different things. Eventually, the last guy in the room is usually going to be out at some point.

And that's really what happened. I've survived about 20 coaches and that's how it goes, and it is what it is," Carr explained.

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