LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is out. In a social media post Thursday morning, Carr wrote his goodbye to fans without saying whether he was released by the team or quit.
“Raider Nation it breaks my heart (that) I didn’t get an opportunity to say goodbye in person,” Carr posted on Instagram. “We certainly have been on a roller coaster in our 9 years together. From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful and appreciative of the years of support you gave to my family and me. We had our share of both heartbreaking moments and thrilling game-winning drives, and it always felt like you were there next to me.”
The Raiders went 6-11 this past season, third in the AFC West, and missed the playoffs.
Carr, the team’s second-round pick (36th overall) in the 2014 draft out of Fresno State, started for the Raiders in each of his nine seasons. He will leave the franchise — most assuredly next month — as the Raiders’ career leader in passing yards with 31,995.
Carr was replaced by Jarrett Stidham for the final two games. Because of a clause in his contract, conjecture is he will be traded or released before Feb. 15, saving the Raiders some $40 million on a contract he signed before the 2021 season.
Raider Nation it breaks my heart I didn’t get an opportunity to say goodbye in person. We certainly have been on a roller coaster in our 9 years together. From the bottom of my heart, I am so grateful and appreciative of the years of support you gave to my family and me. We had our share of both heart breaking moments and thrilling game winning drives, and it always felt like you were there next to me.
It’s especially hard to say goodbye because I can honestly say that I gave you everything I had, every single day, in season, and in the off season. It certainly wasn’t perfect, but I hope that I was able to leave you with more than a few great memories as Raider fans.
Thank you to the city of Oakland for taking us in. Thank you to the city of Las Vegas for allowing us to proudly call you home. Thank you to the organization, my teammates, all my coaches, staff, and everyone that helped me these last 9 years in those 2 buildings. Thanks to all of Raider Nation that supported, encouraged, pushed, and uplifted me at different times along this journey. Raider Nation truly is special.
I once said that if I’m not a Raider I would rather be at home and I meant that, but I never envisioned it ending this way. That fire burning inside of me to win a championship still rages. A fire no man can extinguish; only God. So I look forward to a new city and a new team who, no matter the circumstance, will get everything I have. Winning a championship is what I’ve always wanted and what I will continue to work towards.
God bless you all and with love,Derek Carr – Instagram