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Raiders slam the door on Derek Carr trade rumors with glowing review

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Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is not going anywhere.

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock gushed about Carr on Wednesday, saying the 29-year-old deserves to be mentioned among the best quarterbacks in the NFL and citing his progression under head coach Jon Gruden:

“I think Derek Carr had his best year yet, under Jon Gruden,” Mayock said, via ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. “I think he’s one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and we’re happy with him…I think Jon Gruden and I would stand shoulder to shoulder and pound the table for Derek Carr.”

Derek Carr had been the subject of trade rumors in recent weeks. One report suggested the Raiders were contemplating trading him for picks they could then flip for Houston Texans star signal-caller Deshaun Watson.

But subsequent reporting has made it clear the Raiders are not shopping Carr, nor even making him available. Mayock’s latest endorsement would seem to shut down any remaining speculation the team could make a change under center.

It is not totally unreasonable to suggest Carr is, in fact, one of the best quarterbacks in football. The former second-round pick had the best season of his career in 2020, throwing for over 4,100 yards and 27 touchdowns against nine interceptions. He posted a career-high 71.0 total QBR, doing so in spite of numerous injuries on the offensive line and the absence of top wide receiver Tyrell Williams.

Las Vegas certainly has some decisions to make this offseason. The Raiders are thinking of trading Trent Brown–likely to free up cap–and desperately need defensive upgrades.

However, Mayock is convinced Carr is the franchise quarterback. He will stick around for the foreseeable future.