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Derek Carr denies being the quarterback Tom Brady threw shade at

Derek Carr

Derek Carr denies that he was the quarterback Tom Brady threw some shade at during free agency.

Brady went viral recently for saying on a talk show appearance that he couldn’t believe a team chose to stick with its quarterback over him last year when he was a free agent. There has been speculation regarding who was the quarterback Brady was talking about.

Carr was the quarterback most recently rumored to be the player in question. However, the Las Vegas Raiders QB says he was told it’s not him.

“From what I know it wasn’t me, which is good,” Carr told “Brother from Another” on Wednesday. “I know you got the rings, but if it’s not me then we’re good. What I heard, it wasn’t me. And so I’m good with that.”

We don’t know whether or not that was the case, but there are only a limited amount of people it could have been. So Carr is in the mix, along with some other players.

Maybe the saying “what you don’t know can’t hurt you” could be applied here.

Carr is set to make $19.6 million this season and just under $20 million in 2022, which would be the final season of his five-year, $125 million contract.

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Was Derek Carr the QB Tom Brady took a shot at?

Tom Brady Bucs

Tom Brady sent NFL fans into a frenzy last week when he took a ruthless shot at an unnamed team and quarterback. We may never know which quarterback he was talking about, but there have been several theories. One of the latest makes a lot of sense.

Brady said during an appearance on HBO’s “The Shop” that he thought to himself, “You’re sticking with that motherf—er?” when one team opted to remain with their current quarterback over him last summer. Of course, Brady did not mention anyone by name. There was some speculation that he was referring to Ryan Tannehill and the Tennessee Titans. Others thought the comment could have been about Mitchell Trubisky, but Brady never had interest in playing for Chicago.

Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk has received a number of tips about Brady’s zinger. He said Saturday that Brady was not talking about the Bears. Then on Sunday, Florio said “multiple people with deep connections to the NFL’s matrix” have told him the unnamed team was the Las Vegas Raiders. That would mean Brady does not think very highly of Derek Carr.

That actually makes some sense. Brady wanted to play for a team in a warm climate. The two finalists for him were the Los Angeles Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Chargers did not have a starting QB in place at the time, so they can’t be the mystery team. The San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo could check some boxes, but Brady said on “The Shop” that the team he was talking about was not one he wanted to play for. He grew up rooting for the Niners and they were said to be his top choice, so that doesn’t add up, either.

Perhaps it was Carr. Florio’s sources said the Raiders dropped out of the Brady sweepstakes late and thought some of his requests for “extra things” were excessive. Carr has also been mediocre at best throughout his NFL career.

Brady provided some other great soundbites during his HBO appearance, but only one has resulted in a full-blown fan and media investigation.

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Raiders open to drafting top QB in first round?

Jon Gruden

The Las Vegas Raiders have said publicly this offseason that they are very content with Derek Carr as their quarterback, but that does not mean they are ignoring the position entirely heading into next week’s NFL Draft.

The Raiders have done “extensive work” on the top quarterbacks in this year’s draft and have not ruled out taking one, Ian Rapoport of NFL Media reports. They currently have the No. 17 pick, but Rapoport says they are prepared to potentially take action if one of the top QBs slips past No. 10.

There are five quarterbacks that are considered a part of the top group in this year’s draft class. Trevor Lawrence is going to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Zach Wilson seems like a lock for the New York Jets at No. 2. The San Francisco 49ers will also take a QB third overall, but Mac Jones, Justin Fields and Trey Lance are all in play there.

After that, the draft becomes a bit more of a mystery. The Atlanta Falcons could take a quarterback at No. 4, but they still have Matt Ryan locked in for at least two more years. The Detroit Lions (7th), Denver Broncos (9th) and New England Patriots (15th) all pick before Las Vegas and could be hoping to take one of the top QBs.

Given what Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said about Carr last month, we doubt the Raiders would trade up for a quarterback. It is also unlikely that one of Fields, Jones or Lance would fall to them at No. 17, but it makes sense that they want to be prepared just in case.

Mike Mayock makes clear how Raiders feel about Derek Carr

Derek Carr

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr got a significant vote of confidence from his general manager on Wednesday.

Raiders GM Mike Mayock called Carr a “top” quarterback, and one who both he and coach Jon Gruden would “pound the table” for.

“I think Derek Carr has earned a lot of respect around this league from an awful lot of people,” Mayock said, via Jeremy Bergman of NFL.com. “I think Derek Carr had his best year yet, under Jon Gruden. I think he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the NFL and we couldn’t be happier with him. …

“If you’re asking me about Derek, I think Jon and I would both stand shoulder to shoulder and pound the table for Derek Carr.”

It probably wasn’t needed, but this serves as public confirmation to what reports have said. Some fairly prominent teams looked into trading for Carr, and were promptly told there would be no negotiation.

Carr is still only 29 and is on a contract the team likes, and he threw for a career-high 4,103 yards in 2020. He’s not going anywhere despite the rumors.

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Raiders reportedly not interested in Derek Carr extension

Derek Carr

The Las Vegas Raiders appear willing to play it by ear with quarterback Derek Carr.

According to Vic Tafur of The Athletic, the Raiders aren’t looking to give Carr an extension right now. The team also isn’t eager to trade the quarterback, citing his ongoing improvement and his current team-friendly deal.

There has been a lot of speculation about Carr in the last few weeks, with the quarterback popping up in trade rumors. It’s become clear that the team does not want to trade Carr, which opened up speculation that the Raiders might actually look to extend him instead.

Carr has two years remaining on his current deal, and his roughly $22 million cap hit in 2021 is very reasonable for an NFL starting quarterback. It’s no great shock that the Raiders are prepared to see what happens with him instead of rushing into something regrettable.

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Derek Carr, Raiders could reportedly agree to contract extension

Derek Carr

The Las Vegas Raiders have fielded some recent calls from teams interested in potentially trading for Derek Carr, but there has been no real indication that Jon Gruden wants to trade his starting quarterback. Could a contract extension be on the horizon instead?

NFL insider Adam Caplan told the “Ferrall: Coast to Coast” show over the weekend that the believe around the league is that Carr could end up getting a contract extension this offseason.

“They do not want to trade him. I can tell you that’s a fact,” Caplan said. “Last year at this time, he was 100 percent available. It’s funny how things change.”

You can hear Caplan’s full thoughts on the Carr situation below:

The Indianapolis Colts reportedly inquired about Carr before they traded for Carson Wentz, and talks went nowhere. Las Vegas has turned down multiple offers thus far and would almost certainly need to be overwhelmed to consider trading Carr.

Even though Carr and Gruden did not get off to a great start together, things have improved. Carr completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,103 yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions this past season. Gruden must be encouraged by the progression he has seen from Carr.

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Report: Colts asked Raiders about Derek Carr trade

Derek Carr

The Indianapolis Colts were extensively searching for a quarterback before ultimately trading for Carson Wentz on Thursday. It’s clear now, however, that Wentz was not the only quarterback on their radar.

The Colts asked the Las Vegas Raiders about the availability of quarterback Derek Carr, according to Jim Ayello of the Indianapolis Star. The Colts’ trade attempts were quickly rebuffed, and talks went nowhere.

This is largely in line with what we’ve heard from other reports about Carr’s availability in trade talks. The Raiders are standing firm, and despite some speculation, Carr is not one of the quarterbacks on the market right now.

Even if available, Carr likely would have been more costly in a trade than Wentz. The Colts are likely fine with how things worked out.

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Report: Raiders have turned down Derek Carr trade offers

Derek Carr

The Las Vegas Raiders don’t appear very tempted to trade quarterback Derek Carr right now, even with offers on the table.

According to David Carr of NFL Network, multiple teams have called the Raiders with offers for their starting quarterback. All of those teams have been rebuffed, with the Raiders standing firm on their stance that Carr will not be moved.

Some recent reporting indicated that the Raiders were open to moving Carr, but that seems to be off base. While it’s possible that stance could change, it seems certain that the Raiders are not shopping him right now.

If the Raiders do trade a quarterback, it seems that backup Marcus Mariota is the one more likely to be moved, at least for the moment.

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Raiders reportedly not open to trading Derek Carr

Derek Carr

There have been reports over the past week that the Las Vegas Raiders are exploring ways to upgrade at quarterback this offseason, but it sounds like Derek Carr is still Jon Gruden’s guy.

Albert Breer of The MMQB wrote in his column on Monday that he has been told “pretty emphatically” that the Raiders have not made Carr available. While there would likely be a market for Carr given that he has a reasonable salary of around $19 million in each of the next two seasons, Gruden is not looking to make a change.

The Raiders recently guaranteed backup quarterback Nathan Peterman $1 million for 2021, which led many to believe they are preparing to move on from one of their QBs. According to Breer, Las Vegas will listen to offers for Marcus Mariota.

Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported last week that the Raiders were entertaining offers for Carr. We doubt they have made him totally off-limits, but the price tag may be higher than some teams expect.

Even though Carr and Gruden had some rough times at first, things have improved. Carr completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,103 yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions this past season.

One Las Vegas reporter speculated this week that the Raiders could trade Carr and bring in this star quarterback, but that now seems even more unlikely.

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Report: Raiders open to trading Derek Carr

Derek Carr

Jon Gruden and Derek Carr seem to have improved their relationship significantly since Gruden took over as head coach of the Raiders back in 2018, but it hardly sounds like the quarterback is off-limits in trade talks.

Teams have called the Raiders to gauge their interest in trading Carr, and NFL Network reported on Sunday that Las Vegas is at least considering the possibility. While the Raiders previously gave teams a “firm no” about parting with Carr, they are now open to it if they can find a viable replacement.

The Raiders recently guaranteed backup quarterback Nathan Peterman $1 million for 2021. Rival teams believe that is a sign they are open to dealing either Carr or Marcus Mariota.

Carr has two years remaining on his deal for no more than a $22.125 million cap hit in either year. Even though he and Gruden had some rough times at first, things have improved. Carr completed 67.3 percent of his passes for 4,103 yards, 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions last season.

One Las Vegas reporter speculated this week that the Raiders could trade Carr and bring in this star quarterback, but that seems unlikely.

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