Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has said that he would probably quit football if he was traded this offseason. Carr, who was selected in the second round of the 2014 NFL draft, has spent his entire career with the Raiders.
"I'd probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else," Carr said following Tuesday's mandatory minicamp practice in his first public comments since the end of last season. "I am a Raider for my entire life.
I'm going to root for one team for the rest of my life -- it's the Raiders. So, I just feel that so strong in my heart I don't need a perfect situation ... to make things right. "I'd rather go down with the ship, you know what I'm saying, if I have to."
Carr wants to finish his career with the Raiders
"I'm that old-school mentality -- I'm playing for one team and that's it," he said. "Whether we've won enough or not, I literally give every bit of energy and effort that I can to this organization and when I sign a contract, I completely, in my mind, have to fulfill that.
I committed to that. I put my name on paper. "It's just how I was raised. I'm from Fresno, California. Born in Fresno. My dad worked in the car business, my mom helped with substitute teaching and all different kinds of stuff at the church, so we didn't have a whole bunch of stuff growing up, so I don't need much."
Carr has posted some solid numbers throughout his career but he hasn't managed to lead his team to a Super Bowl win. "I think Derek Carr had his best year yet under Jon Gruden," Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said this offseason.
"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 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 got to stack your boards and understand what league value is all around the league, and we do that.
"But if you're asking me about Derek, I mean I think Jon and I would both stand shoulder to shoulder and pound the table for Derek Carr."