This season is basically a wash for the Oakland Raiders, and one source reports that Derek Carr has a “fractured relationship” with his teammates.
Football players are known for being tough. The moment the enemy shows weakness, they've all but lost. The Raiders are coming off a bye week, but they lost to the Seattle Seahawks 27-3 in their last game. During their most recent defeat, Derek Carr appeared to be crying on the ground after receiving a huge hit. While he injured his arm on the play, his vulnerability has apparently caused a rift in the team's locker room. According to Michael Thompson II of The Athletic, this spectacle has had a negative impact on the Raiders' respect for their quarterback.
“They saw his face,” Thompson wrote in a piece tackling the issue. “They heard his whimper. They witnessed him explain on the sidelines. They assuredly watched it again in film session. It’s hard to see how Carr can lead this team again.”
The Raiders just traded away their top offensive weapon, Amari Cooper. They are currently 1-5 and will take on the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday. For now, they'll focus on finishing out this season. However, players and coaches may be debating whether or not Derek Carr is a part of the team's future.
Carr recently signed a five-year $125 million contract, which will pay him $19 million in 2019. Throughout the remainder of this season, the Raiders will be reevaluating whether or not his is the player they thought he was. If he's not, other teams may be willing to pay big bucks to acquire him in a trade.