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Derek Carr’s insane take on playing for a franchise other than the Raiders

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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been the subject of trade rumors in recent years, but he would rather retire than play for another team.

The Raiders quarterback said Tuesday he is intent on winning a Super Bowl in Las Vegas, suggesting he would rather hang it up than play for a different franchise.

“I want to do it here. I probably would quit football if I had to play anywhere else,” Carr said, via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez.

Carr also said he would rather “go down with the ship,” per Gutierrez.

While Carr’s name has indeed been mentioned in trade rumors, the Raiders have never suggested his departure from Las Vegas is imminent.

On the one hand, Raiders general manager Mike Mayock did plenty of background work on some of the quarterback prospects in this spring’s draft class. However, head coach Jon Gruden also said last month he felt Carr was one of the most underrated quarterbacks in the NFL.

Carr is coming off the two best seasons of his career. He completed a career-high 70.4 percent of his passes in 2019 and posted a career-high 71.0 total quarterback rating in 2020, throwing for 4,103 yards and 27 touchdowns against nine interceptions.

Carr’s individual success has not necessarily translated to wins. The Raiders are a combined 15-16 in the past two seasons. That’s hardly Carr’s fault, though. Las Vegas has been set back by a very underwhelming defensive unit that has routinely ranked among the worst in football.

If nothing else, it is abundantly clear Carr wants to win with the Raiders and is set on bringing a Lombardi Trophy to Las Vegas.