Raiders formally release Carr, launching QB’s free agency

The Fresno State standout and longtime Raiders starting quarterback is hitting the open market with many potential NFL suitors.

Derek Carr’s nine-year run with the Las Vegas Raiders as its face of the franchise and starting quarterback formally ended Tuesday.

Carr, who was benched for the final two weeks of the 2022 season, blocked the Raiders from trading him ahead of the Super Bowl and forced the franchise to release him before a hefty $40.4 million contract guarantee for the 2023 season was triggered later Tuesday.


State of play: Carr was only able to formally visit one franchise during the postseason, the New Orleans Saints, as it was the only team that reached a framework for a possible trade with Las Vegas.

  • Beyond New Orleans, Carr’s likeliest free agent suitors also include the New York Jets, Carolina Panthers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and Tennessee Titans.
  • The move leaves Las Vegas in the hunt for its own quarterback, either through free agency or the April draft. Many veteran names have sprung up, including a reunion between Green Bay Packers slinger Aaron Rodgers and ex-Packer Davante Adams.
  • Other options include recovering San Francisco 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.
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