Quarterback Derek Carr’s future in Las Vegas is officially in limbo.
The Las Vegas Raiders announced Wednesday that Carr will be inactive for the final two games of their tumultuous season.
Jarrett Stidham will be given the go-ahead for the final two weeks, and will make his first career NFL start on Sunday with Chase Garbers backing him up.
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Carr had started 91 consecutive games, by far the longest active streak by a QB for the same team. He signed a three-year, $121.5 million extension in the offseason. This season, he leads the NFL with 14 interceptions thrown, including three on Saturday night against the Steelers in Pittsburgh. His 14 picks tied his career high from last season.
The Raiders went 10-7 last year and made the playoffs, falling to the eventual AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Wild Card round. Seeking an opportunity to take the next step, they made a highly successful trade to acquire Davante Adams, Carr’s former college teammate.
However, Carr took a big step back. His 60.8% completion percentage and 86.3 passer rating are his lowest since his rookie season, and his 3,522 passing yards are the third-lowest of his career. According to The Associated PressCarr has thrown 72 incompletions to Adams, the third-most by a quarterback to a receiver since 2016.
Las Vegas is 6-9 and is in third place in the AFC West.
«None of us are happy with where we’re at. But we think it’s an opportunity to evaluate a younger player who hasn’t had a lot of playing time,» head coach Josh McDaniels said. told reporters on Wednesday. «Talking to Derek, who was great, he understands the stage we’re in and the situation. Lots of support for those two young guys. Those three guys have obviously worked hand in hand all year, and will.» him all he can to help them.»
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While noting that the decision was based more on taking a look at Stidham, not Carr’s performance, McDaniels said «there’s a lot to figure out once the season is over.»
Running back Josh Jacobs reflected on the Raiders’ season and his four-year career with the franchise earlier this week.
«I’m tired of dealing with this. Every day I come here and bust my butt off, and I see guys bust their butt off, and the result isn’t there. For me, the last four years, the result has been I haven’t been there,» he said. «And frankly, I don’t know what else to do.»
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All signs point to Carr playing his last game as a Raider. If the Raiders move on from Carr this offseason, they’ll have a salary cap of $5.625 million, which is nothing for a quarterback. On top of that, if he’s injured in the next two games or stays with the team past February 15 of next year, he’ll be guaranteed more than $40 million (his $32.9 million salary for next year and $7.5 million in 2024). .
The Raiders finish the season with the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday before the Kansas City Chiefs visit Las Vegas.