Jan 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) warms up before the AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Raiders’ Derek Carr agrees to 3-year, $121.5M extension

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr agreed to terms on a three-year contract extension worth $121.5 million, NFL Network reported Wednesday.

The reported deal includes a no-trade clause for Carr, who had one season remaining on a five-year, $125 million extension he signed in 2017. He will be tied to the Raiders through the 2025 season.

Carr will be reunited with offseason acquisition Davante Adams, who was acquired from the Green Bay Packers on March 18. The two-time All-Pro and five-time Pro Bowl wideout played with Carr at Fresno State.

The Raiders finished 10-7 in 2021 and lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-19, in an AFC wild-card game. On the season, Carr completed 428 passes for 4,804 yards, both career highs, and threw for 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Now 31, Carr was the No. 36 overall selection (second round) of the 2014 NFL Draft. In eight seasons as the Raiders’ starter, Carr has a 57-70 record and has thrown for 31,700 yards with 193 touchdowns and 85 interceptions. He has been named to the Pro Bowl three times.

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Jan 15, 2022; Cincinnati, Ohio, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws during the first quarter in an AFC Wild Card playoff football game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Joseph Maiorana-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Raiders committing to Derek Carr at QB

The new leadership of the Las Vegas Raiders is ready to commit to Derek Carr as the quarterback of the future, NFL Network reported Sunday.

While speculation has abounded that the Raiders wanted to move on from Carr, new head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler are ready to embrace him and discuss a contract extension, per the report.

Carr has one year left on a five-year, $125 million extension he signed in 2017 and will earn about $20 million in 2022.

The Raiders finished 10-7 in 2021 and lost to the Cincinnati Bengals, 26-19, in an AFC wild-card game. On the season, Carr completed 428 passes for 4,804 yards, both career highs, and threw for 23 touchdowns and 14 interceptions.

Now 30, Carr was the No. 36 overall selection (second round) of the 2014 NFL Draft. In eight seasons as the Raiders’ starter, Carr has a 57-70 record and has thrown for 31,700 yards with 193 touchdowns and 85 interceptions. He has been named to the Pro Bowl three times.

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) with head coach Jon Gruden against the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Derek Carr confesses gamut of emotions since Jon Gruden resignation

Derek Carr continues to compute the emotional toll of the past week as the Las Vegas Raiders prepare to play the Denver Broncos in a meaningful AFC West game on Sunday.

After a post-mortem of his performance in a loss to the Chicago Bears with Jon Gruden on Monday, Carr learned hours later that the team was without a head coach. Gruden resigned in a meeting with owner Mark Davis as a series of inflammatory emails in which Gruden disparaged individuals with racist and anti-gay rhetoric became public.

Carr said he felt anger, empathy and sick to his stomach over the past week.

“A lot of emotions obviously,” Carr said. “Didn’t see all of this coming. Caught us all by surprise. There will be a day for those feelings. But from an emotional standpoint, I’ve got a job to do.”

No player on the Raiders’ roster spent more time with Gruden.

General manager Mike Mayock said Wednesday Rich Bisaccia was elevated to interim head coach because he’s “the best leader of men” Mayock has been around.

“I feel it’s important to acknowledge the significance of this moment,” Bisaccia said on Wednesday. “Coach Gruden gave me a chance to coach in the National Football League and I’ll always be appreciative of that. That being said, we all have a responsibility here. We have to be accountable to our words and our actions. No one person is bigger than the Raiders shield. The Raiders have always stood for diversity, inclusion and social justice. It’s important to live those ideals and carry them into the future. We can’t change the past, but we can do more to maybe make tomorrow better.”

Carr will be playing for a fifth head coach in his NFL career since entering the NFL in 2014 while still coming to terms with the brutal realities of the messages unearthed from Gruden.

“Are conversations still happening? Absolutely. Another part of being a leader is making sure guys are OK,” Carr said. “This is the biggest story in sports right now and … you turn the TV on and it’s what’s on. I’m sad for our organization, I’m sad for our fans.”

Carr wondered aloud if Gruden was the only NFL coach or general manager with skeletons on his hard drive.

“I love the man — but hate the sin,” a reflective and tense Carr said Wednesday of Gruden. “If we started opening up everyone’s private emails and texts, people would start sweating a little bit. But maybe that’s what they should do for all coaches, GMs and owners from now on. You have to open up everything, see what happens.”

Bisaccia said the Raiders, 3-2, are a good team and there is a lot of season remaining with goals “still alive.” Bisaccia said he still considers Gruden a friend, but they haven’t had dialogue since Monday.

“No one wants to be a head coach in this particular situation. No one wants to be put in front of this in these particular circumstances,” he said. “But it’s an incredible opportunity. … We’re looking forward to the opportunity to play ball again.”

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Sep 19, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) gestures on the field against the Pittsburgh Steelers during the fourth quarter at Heinz Field. Las Vegas won 26-17. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders QB Derek Carr questionable after MRI on ankle

Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr had a precautionary MRI on his ankle Monday and will be listed as questionable in advance of Sunday’s game against the Miami Dolphins.

Raiders head coach Jon Gruden is confident Carr will not miss Sunday’s home game but was not as confident about the status of running back Josh Jacobs, who is expected to miss a second consecutive week because of ankle and toe injuries.

Right tackle Alex Leatherwood is being evaluated for a back injury after playing just 31 snaps in Sunday’s 26-17 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Carr, 30, helped the Raiders improve to 2-0 by throwing for 382 yards and two touchdowns against the Steelers despite injuring his ankle during the game. He did not end up missing a play.

Carr has thrown for a league-best 817 yards over the first two weeks of the season with four touchdowns and one interception, while being sacked five times. That marks the most passing yards in a two-game span in Raiders history.

Jacobs, 23, rushed for 34 yards on 10 carries and scored two touchdowns in the Raiders’ season-opening 33-27 overtime victory over the Baltimore Ravens but did not play at Pittsburgh. Gruden tabbed Jacobs’ status for Sunday as “very questionable.”

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Dec 26, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) against the Miami Dolphins at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders’ Derek Carr: I’d rather quit than get traded

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr said Tuesday he would “probably quit football” if he ever got traded.

Carr, 30, a subject of occasional trade rumors in the past, said he remains steadfastly loyal to the team that drafted him in the second round in 2014.

“I’d probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else,” he said following Tuesday’s minicamp practice in Henderson, Nev. “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.”

The three-time Pro Bowl selection was asked about why he opted to remain silent throughout the offseason while such contemporaries as Deshaun Watson, Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson aired various grievances.

“I’m that old-school mentality — I’m playing for one team and that’s it,” Carr 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.”

Carr signed a five-year, $125 million extension in June 2017.

Including an 8-8 record in 2020, he is 47-63 as the Raiders’ starter and owns the franchise records for passing yards (26,896), touchdown passes (170), completions (2,468) and attempts (3,830).

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Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) reacts as he heads to the locker room after suffering a groin injury against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Gruden ‘optimistic’ QB Carr will play vs. Miami

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr practiced for the second straight day on Thursday, a good indication that he will play on Saturday against the Miami Dolphins, coach Jon Gruden said.

Carr injured his groin will he was running around right end in the first quarter against the Los Angeles Chargers on Dec. 17. He was replaced by Marcus Mariota.

Carr was limited in practice on Tuesday but was a full participant on Wednesday and Thursday.

“I’m not going to say anything other than I’m optimistic, but I’m not a mind reader,” Gruden said Thursday. “I just know that he had an injury that caused him to miss the game last week and I respect that. He’s a tough guy, man. I’m optimistic he’ll be ready to go, yes.”

Carr has a career-best 102 passer rating this season, throwing for 3,396 yards and 24 touchdowns.

Mariota, a former No. 2 overall draft pick by the Tennessee Titans in 2015, made his debut for the Raiders against the Chargers by throwing for 226 yards and a touchdown, in addition to rushing for 88 yards and another score, in a 30-27 overtime loss.

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Dec 17, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) reacts as he heads to the locker room after suffering a groin injury against the Los Angeles Chargers during the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Raiders QB Carr (groin) sidelined 10-14 days

Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden gave quarterback Derek Carr a 50/50 chance to play in the team’s next game, although a published report isn’t as optimistic.

NFL Network reported that Carr will be sidelined at least 10-to-14 days with a strained groin. Carr sustained the injury in the first quarter of the Raiders’ 30-27 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday.

That time frame would rule out Carr for the Las Vegas’ home game against the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 26.

Should Marcus Mariota lead the Raiders (7-7) to victory, Carr would then be an option to keep the team’s slim postseason hopes alive in a Week 17 game at the Denver Broncos on Jan. 3.

“I met with Derek (on Friday) morning and he is still sore,” Gruden said. “I think there’s a chance but being conservative right now, I’d say it’s 50/50. … Derek’s health will be determined here in a couple days.”

Mariota, 27, completed 17 of 28 passes for 226 yards, one touchdown and an interception while also rushing for a game-high 88 yards and a touchdown on nine carries.

Carr, 29, has thrown for 3,396 yards with 24 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 14 games this season. He has also rushed for a career-high 141 yards and two scores.

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Dec 6, 2020; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) celebrates with wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) after scoring a touchdown against the New York Jets in the first half of a NFL game at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders rally for victory over winless Jets

Derek Carr threw a 46-yard touchdown pass to rookie Henry Ruggs III with five seconds remaining to rally the Las Vegas Raiders to a 31-28 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon in East Rutherford, N.J.

Ruggs, whose fumble earlier in the fourth quarter set up the go-ahead score for New York (0-12), ran past cornerback Lamar Jackson on a stop-and-go route up the left sideline for the game-winner and hand the Jets a franchise record-tying 12th consecutive loss. The Jets also lost 12 in a row from Dec. 3, 1995 to Oct. 20, 1996.

Tight end Darren Waller caught 13 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, with Carr throwing for 381 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for another score as the Raiders (7-5) snapped a two-game losing streak.

Defensive end Clelin Ferrell, back after missing two games with COVID-19, had a pair of strip-sacks to go along six tackles and Trayvon Mullen added a one-handed interception for Las Vegas.

Sam Darnold was 14-of-23 passing for 186 yards and two touchdowns but lost two fumbles and also threw an interception for the Jets, who lost starting running back Frank Gore on the second offensive play of the game to a concussion. Ty Johnson finished with 104 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries and Jamison Crowder caught five passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns.

Trailing 24-13 in the fourth quarter, the Jets cut it to 24-21 with 10:22 left on Darnold’s 4-yard run off right tackle and a two-point conversion from Darnold to Denzel Mims. New York got the ball back three plays later when Javelin Guidry forced a Ruggs fumble and Marcus Maye recovered at the Las Vegas 44. Six plays later, Johnson scored on a 1-yard run up the middle to give the Jets a 28-24 lead.

New York appeared to seal the win when Carr underthrew Nelson Agholor in the end zone on fourth-and-3 at the Jets’ 9-yard line with 1:42 remaining. But the Raiders got the ball back on their own 39 with 25 seconds left and no timeouts after forcing a three-and-out. Three plays later, Carr hit Ruggs for the game-winner.

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