LAS VEGAS (BVM) – The Las Vegas Raiders have officially benched quarterback Derek Carr for the remainder of the season. The move came after Las Vegas’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers which put the Raiders at 6-9 on the season and ended basically any chance the team had at making the postseason.
In head coach Josh McDaniels’ first year at the helm in Las Vegas, the Raiders have struggled to build off of their playoff appearance last season. Even with the addition of Davante Adams on offense and Chandler Jones on defense, the team started 2-7.
The offense has been bad at times but Carr was still able to throw for over 3,500 yards while Adams has surpassed 1,000 receiving yards and running back Josh Jacobs has rushed for more than 1,500 yards. Now, Jarrett Stidham will take over as the starting quarterback.
The move suggests that Carr’s days with the Raiders are numbered. Even though he signed a three-year $121M extension last summer, Las Vegas set up the contract so that the vast majority of the guaranteed money owed to Carr was given to him this season. That means the Raiders could cut Carr this offseason and have to take on a lot of dead cap space. Cutting Carr seems to be the more likely option, since he has a no-trade clause and the limited financial burden it would take to cut him. A trade would mean getting Carr to waive his no-trade clause while also making sure a team is willing to take on Carr’s contract or can negotiate a restructure.
There is still a chance that Las Vegas and Carr could reconcile and the Raiders’ quarterback for the last nine years comes back for a 10th season, but that doesn’t seem likely. Now, the question is what will McDaniels and the Raiders do to address the quarterback position to prepare for 2023?