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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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Raiders could trade Derek Carr, bring in Deshaun Watson?

Derek Carr

Could the Las Vegas Raiders trade Derek Carr as part of a massive play for Deshaun Watson? One Raiders reporter threw out that possibility on Tuesday.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Vincent Bonsignore says that the Raiders are expected to receive inquiries from other teams interested in Carr’s availability in a trade. Bonsignore threw out a wild scenario in which the Raiders receive two first-round picks in return for Carr. The Raiders would then package those picks, plus two first-round picks of their own, to the Houston Texans for Watson.

Watson is unhappy with the Texans and wants out. Houston understandably does not want to trade him away given his talent level. Watson is making $10.5 million in base salary in 2021 and then his four-year, $156 million extension begins the following season.

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 Jon 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.

The Raiders have Marcus Mariota as a backup and probably are content to keep Carr the next two seasons. But this is an interesting scenario to contemplate.

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Jon Gruden playing coy on Raiders’ starting QB

Jon Gruden

The Miami Dolphins face a big game against the Las Vegas Raiders this week, but the Raiders aren’t giving them much of a clue on who the starting quarterback will be.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden said Thursday that he’s “optimistic” that Derek Carr will be able to play after suffering a Week 15 groin injury. However, he also refused to guarantee that, leaving the door open for Marcus Mariota instead.

The likelihood is that if Carr can play, he will play. Gruden definitely wants to keep the Dolphins on their toes here, but Carr has been practicing and appears to be trending in the right direction.

Carr does appear to be well ahead of schedule on his initial injury timeline. It makes his potential availability a bit of a surprise, but one the Raiders will be pleased about.

Derek Carr groin injury timeline revealed

Derek Carr groin

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr looks set to miss at least some time after the groin injury he suffered Thursday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Carr’s groin injury is “significant” and comes with a 10-to-14 day timeline. Theoretically, that would rule him out of the team’s Dec. 26 game against the Miami Dolphins, but Carr is expected to try to somehow fight to play. More realistically, he probably won’t return before the Jan. 3 game against Denver.

It sounds like this is precisely what Jon Gruden feared. The Raiders’ playoff chances took a huge hit with their loss to the Chargers on Thursday. Losing Carr for even one game hurts even more.

Marcus Mariota, who threw for 226 yards and rushed for 88 more in relief of Carr on Thursday, will take charge of the quarterback position as long as Carr is out.