Raiders’ Gruden: Carr is ‘going to be our QB’
Raiders' Gruden: Carr is 'going to be our QB'
Amid rumors and speculation that the Oakland Raiders could be looking to move on from Derek Carr, head coach Jon Gruden said Monday that Carr's status is set for 2019.
"Yeah. He's going to be our quarterback," Gruden said in an interview with NFL Network from the league meetings in Phoenix. "I'm not going to address all the rumors. I could care less about the rumors.
"He threw for 4,100 yards. Threw for almost 70 percent (completion rate) in a very dire, tough circumstance. So I've got a lot of confidence in Carr; what he can do with Antonio Brown, with Tyrell Williams, with Trent Brown coming in here to help our offensive line."
Gruden also confirmed the team will conduct private workouts with top quarterback prospects Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, as The MMQB reported earlier Monday. But he noted that those workouts are simply part of the team's due diligence.
"We're going to meet with a lot of guys at every position," Gruden said. "We're not going to look past anybody at any position. We have the fourth pick in this draft and we're going to make sure we get it right."
Unlike pre-draft visits -- for which each NFL team can host up to 30 players at its facility -- private workouts must be conducted on the player's campus or near his hometown. To this point, neither Murray nor Haskins has been reported to be scheduled for a visit with the Raiders.
Like Gruden, general manager Mike Mayock has been similarly supportive of Carr, but he has also been open about his responsibility to look into all avenues available to improve the team. Speculation has swirled since before the NFL Scouting Combine that the Raiders have interest in Murray, who many expect to be chosen first overall by the Arizona Cardinals.
Haskins, once considered the likely first quarterback off the board, has been connected to the Raiders and the New York Giants (picking sixth), though a recent ESPN report said the Giants are less interested in the New Jersey native than many believe.
Missouri's Drew Lock impressed at his pro day last week and has garnered some top-10 buzz, with some projecting him to go off the board ahead of Haskins. Gruden and his staff coached Lock at the Senior Bowl in late January.
Carr, who turns 28 on Thursday, is coming off a career high in passing yards (4,049) but a career low in touchdowns (19). He remains under contract for four more seasons, but the team could trade him this offseason and save $15 million of his $22.5 million cap figure.
If the Raiders chose to draft a top quarterback and move on from Carr next offseason, they could save $16.5 million of his $21.5 million cap figure for 2020.
Oakland also two other first-round picks in April's draft, at Nos. 24 and 27.
--Field Level Media