Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has said recently that he’d like to be a “Raider for life.” The upcoming season will go a long way in determining if this can even happen.
Carr is coming off one of his best seasons ever and has two years remaining on a contract that once made him the highest paid player in the NFL.
But the Raiders didn’t make the playoffs last year … or the year before that. In fact, the Raiders weren’t even in Las Vegas the last time Carr led them to the playoffs in 2016. And even in that year, they lost in the Wild Card Round.
Carr is entering his eighth season in the NFL, entering as a second round draft pick of the Raiders in 2014. He’s started all but two games in his career and has been to three Pro Bowls.
But he’s also only been to that one playoff game, losing 27-14 on the road against the Houston Texans.
“My goal when I got here was to give everything I have to this organization,” Carr said earlier this offseason. “Let our fans know that I’m giving it all that I have and I will always continue to do that on-season, off-season and whether the situation is great or not, that’s okay.”
Statistically, last season was Carr’s best. He threw for 4,104 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He’s quarterback rating was 101.4.
But the team lost five of its last seven games, falling out of playoff contention. The team finished 8-8 on the season.
Gruden sticking with Raiders quarterback Carr
Jon Gruden has settled in with the Raiders, entering the fourth year of his 10-year contract. At this point, only four players remain from the original group he inherited, including Carr.
Other than adding Marcus Mariota, the team hasn’t brought in any other quarterbacks to challenge Carr. The only quarterback the Raiders have drafted since Carr came on board was Connor Cook in the fourth round of 2016.
Recently, there have been reports of the team working on a contract extension with Carr, even though he has two years remaining on his current deal.
Mariota, who signed as an unrestricted free agent, played in only one game last season as a Raiders quarterback. He came off the bench and threw for 226 yards with one touchdown and one interception in a 30-27 loss to the Chargers in Week 15.
Mariota gives the Raiders an enviable quarterback situation as he has six years of experience, mostly as a starter with the Titans. For his career, he has 61 starts, throwing for 13,433 yards with 77 touchdowns and 45 interceptions.
The only other Raiders quarterback on the roster is Nathan Peterman, who started four games for the Buffalo Bills in 2017-18. Last season with the Raiders, Peterman got into one game, mopping up in a 43-6 loss to the Falcons in Week 12.