I won’t extend the deadline to help the Raiders trade


HENDERSON, Nev. — Derek Carr said Thursday night he won’t extend the Feb. 15 deadline to help facilitate a trade from the Las Vegas Raiders.

The Raiders must trade or release the quarterback by that date — three days after the Super Bowl — or Carr’s contract will become guaranteed and Las Vegas will have to pay him $40.4 million over the next two years.

Because a trade wouldn’t be official until March 15, when the league’s new year begins, a team could renege on a deal made before that date. Carr is expected to agree to extend the mid-February deadline to ensure any deal stays in place.

“I don’t think it would be better for me,” said Carr, who has a no-trade clause in his contract.

Even so, Carr said a trade could be done by Feb. 15, but didn’t seem to be in a rush to do so.

The Raiders have not given Carr or his agent, Tim Younger, permission to speak with other teams regarding a potential deal.

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“I’m just playing by the rules,” said Carr, who scored a season-high 31 points in the Pro Bowl skills competition precision passing contest on Thursday night to give the AFC a 9-point lead. 3 on NFC. “If it happens on that date, then it happens on that date, and I can talk to all my friends.”

Carr competed in the precision passing contest at Raiders headquarters as part of the Pro Bowl festivities, and his event-high 31 points helped give the AFC a 9-3 lead over the NFC. When asked on ESPN’s show if he’s ever been this hot in Las Vegas, Carr joked, “Not so hot. Probably why I’m going elsewhere.

Carr played nine seasons for the Raiders and holds team records for career yards (35,222) and touchdown passes (217). But he never won a playoff game either. And after struggling late in the season, Carr was benched with two games left and admitted he was angry at the decision.

He said he was willing to try free agency if the Raiders released him, and said Peyton Manning shared his experiences with him after going through a similar situation. The Indianapolis Colts released Manning, who coaches the AFC team to the Pro Bowl, in 2012 and he won a Super Bowl with the Denver Broncos.

“He’s like, ‘Man, that was kinda surreal in the moment. Like, wow, you can’t even believe it. But then you just go to the next place and you move on and do some your best there,” Carr said. “It’s nice to hear that from someone who I think is the best at playing the game.”

Carr said he will always consider himself part of the Raiders organization and may plan to return for tag team events in the future, but is looking forward to what might happen next for his playing career. .

“I’m just looking for teams that have made a consistent decision to do whatever it takes to put together a winning program,” Carr said. “So for me, it’s just to win, to win a championship. It’s in the forefront of the mind. It’s not money.

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