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Derek Carr won’t waive no-trade clause for any team forcing Raiders to release him

The Las Vegas Raiders’ pathway to moving on from Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr just became clear.

Carr has elected not to waive his no-trade clause and will not extend Wednesday’s deadline for more than $40 million in guarantees in his contract to become effective. All that will lead the Raiders to cut him, allowing the veteran quarterback to test the open market nearly a month before free agency begins.


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The Raiders hoped that Carr would have interest in joining the New Orleans Saints via a trade, but he chose not to go that path after meeting with the team last week. Instead, he will have full control over his next landing spot through free agency.

It will mark the first time in his career that he will dictate where he will play for the 2023 season and potentially beyond that. Several teams such as the New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, or Atlanta Falcons could express interest.

Although Carr struggled to find consistent success with the Raiders outside of two playoff berths in nine seasons, he is a proven commodity. The right mixture of skilled-position players and coaching could be what get him on track toward leading another franchise toward sustained success with him under center.

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Meanwhile, the Raiders have already taken steps to find their next quarterback. Reports have emerged that Las Vegas has reached out to the Green Bay Packers about the possible availability of four-time league MVP Aaron Rodgers.

As the start of the offseason approaches, there should be more clarity.

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