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Raiders give Derek Carr permission to seek a trade partner

As the Las Vegas Raiders head into the offseason, the central focus lies around trading quarterback Derek Carr.

Las Vegas has informed Carr that he can help find his next landing spot. The Raiders may face a tough uphill battle as the market for Carr could be limited.

He voiced on Thursday that he has no intention of pushing back the Feb. 15 date on his current deal that will guarantee him $40 million.


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Carr inked a three-year, $121.5 million extension last offseason. The deal includes rights for the Raiders to cut him ahead of that date, which would only result in a $5.65 million salary-cap hit.

All that puts significant pressure on Las Vegas to find a trade for him to get compensation. The market for his services may become headlined by the New York Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Carolina Panthers due to their respective quarterback situations.

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Carr’s contract may ultimately force the Raiders to cut him to avoid a more disastrous salary-cap dilemma. He remains a viable starting quarterback, but any trade package for him will likely not include a high-draft pick.

If he is cut, he will have the opportunity to be in the free-agent market about a month before the offseason date of free agency. That alone could allow him to secure a lucrative long-term deal with another NFL team.

Carr is hoping to get a fresh start elsewhere to get his career back on track. Time will tell what the Raiders will do with their soon-to-be former quarterback.

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