If Derek Carr is going out, he’s going out swinging.
The longtime Raiders quarterback looks destined for a future away from Las Vegas after being benched the final two games of the regular season.
If that is the case, then it seems likely that Carr made his last appearance in the city as a Raiders player Thursday as he took part in the first day of the Pro Bowl skills competition.
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Carr did his thing, leading the AFC team to victory in the precision passing challenge. In fact, Carr racked up the most points in the event as he helped to secure the three points for Peyton Manning’s side.
31 points from @DerekCarrQB gives the AFC the Precision Passing victory!
📺: 2023 #ProBowlGames on ESPN pic.twitter.com/qmokHzHTY6
— NFL (@NFL) February 3, 2023
For all Carr did on the field, though, he proved even slicker off it. While being interviewed by ESPN’s Ryan Clark, Carr made no secret of the plan to have him skedaddle out of Sin City. In fact, he embraced it, cracking jokes that took the internet by storm.
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Check it out:
Derek Carr got jokes 🤣
“Probably why I’m going somewhere else” pic.twitter.com/ROPRujyKSf
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) February 3, 2023
Carr was quite open about his desire to end his Raiders career. He foreshadowed his prime-time comments by telling reporters as much earlier in the day.
Derek Carr in an interview with NFL Network
“I’m thankful for my time here in Las Vegas, and in Oakland, and I’ll always be thankful and grateful but comes a time when it’s time to move on and that’s this time. So I’m excited, can’t wait to see where God takes us next…”
— Jesse Merrick (@JesseNews3LV) February 3, 2023
His candor was quite refreshing on a day filled with a lot of weirdness.
Carr is slated to make $42 million in 2023. That’s an exorbitant price for someone who wasn’t able to hold the starting position for the entire 2022 season, even with All-Pro wideout (and bestie) Davante Adams as his wingman.
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Adams added fuel to the fire before the festivities, using a Twitter AMA (ask me anything) session to make a not-so-subtle plea to former teammate Aaron Rodgers to trade the frigid temps of Green Bay for dry summers in Vegas.
— Davante Adams (@tae15adams) February 2, 2023
Carr had his say on the matter Thursday. And given the frostiness that seems to exist between the franchise and its onetime star quarterback, it’s hard to imagine that things will get much better.
At least the soundbites are interesting.
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