Derek Carr moving on from Raiders drama, refuses to 'tell the whole truth'
Derek Carr tweeted Saturday that he won't reveal what went wrong internally between him and the Las Vegas Raiders, adding that he'll give his best wherever he goes next.
"Thank you to all the people reaching out trying to give me their platform to tell my side of what happened," Carr wrote. "It's the hardest thing in the world not to jump on every interview and tell the whole truth. Thank you, but I'm choosing to move on and give our next city our best."
The Raiders are expected to trade Carr, their starting quarterback since 2014. Las Vegas benched the 31-year-old for its final two games of the 2022 season and gave him permission to walk away from the team to avoid being a distraction.
Carr's comment comes days after Hondo Carpenter of Sports Illustrated reported what went wrong between the signal-caller and the team. His relationship in the Raiders' locker room reportedly began to shift after their Week 10 loss to the Indianapolis Colts in Jeff Saturday's NFL head coaching debut. By the end of the season, trust between head coach Josh McDaniels and Carr "was non-existent," a source told Carpenter.
Carr recently bid farewell to the franchise, stating he "never envisioned it ending this way."
Coming off a 10-7 season, the Raiders entered 2022 with high expectations after adding high-profile players - including receiver Davante Adams and pass-rusher Chandler Jones - and hiring McDaniels, who'd been part of six Super Bowl-winning campaigns as the New England Patriots' offensive coordinator. However, Las Vegas went 6-11 this season and missed the playoffs.
The Raiders are reportedly expected to find a trade partner for Carr before Feb. 15, the deadline for his $40.4 million in salary for the next two years to become fully guaranteed. He has a no-trade clause and is expected to be involved in the process.
Carr, the Raiders' all-time leading passer, finished 2022 with a 60.8% completion rate - his lowest since his rookie year - to go along with 3,522 yards and 24 touchdowns to 14 interceptions in 15 games.