Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock insists that the team is happy with their starting quarterback Derek Carr. The Raiders finished last season with an 8-8 record and yet again missed the playoffs but the team was satisfied with the way Carr performed last year.
Last season, Carr threw for a total of 4,103 yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. "I think Derek Carr had his best year yet, under Jon Gruden," Mayock said in a Zoom meeting with reporters, per ESPN, "I think he's one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL, and we couldn't be happier with him.
And I tell you every year -- we evaluate every position every year. I have no idea who might call me [for a trade] or who might not call me. So, you have to do the evaluations, both on your own players and every other player in the league.
And you've got to stack your boards and understand what league value is all around the league, and we do that.' '
The Raiders sticking to Carr going forward
"But if you're asking me [specifically] about Derek, I think Jon and I would both stand shoulder to shoulder and pound the table for Derek Carr,'' Mayock added.
But Mayock wasn't so confident while talking about the return of right tackle Trent Brown. "Regarding Trent, the jury's still out here," Mayock said. "He's under contract and, again, we believe in the talent of that player.
There'd be nothing finer than to have Trent Brown at right tackle, protecting Derek Carr, next year, Week 1. But the jury's out, and we still have to make some decisions on our roster in general." In 2019, the Raiders gave brown a four-year, $66 million contract.
"Trent's whole thing is, when he's healthy, in shape and ready to go, he's as dominant as any tackle in football, and he proved that early in the 2019 season," Mayock said. "Since then, it's been kind of a roller coaster.
Really, what he needs to do, I think more than anything, is get himself in the best shape of his life and come out ready to prove that he is a dominant tackle in the National Football League, and really that's all it takes -- if Trent gets in shape and stays committed, there's not a better talent out there."