While Raiders bench Derek Carr is all but out of the game, a $33M injury is looming.

The Las Vegas Raiders benched quarterback Derek Carr with two games left in the regular season.

Head coach Josh McDaniel announced the news on Wednesday.

Jarrett Stidham will start in his place in Sunday’s regular-season finale against the San Francisco 49ers and possibly the Kansas City Chiefs next week. Carr will be inactive. The Raiders are alive in the postseason at 6-9, but last week’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers put them all out of reasonable contention.

Carr, meanwhile, is fully guaranteed $33 million next season at the time of injury. He is also guaranteed $7.5 million in the event of an injury in 2024. The Athletic’s Vic Tarfur reports. According to reports, the Raiders’ front office met on consecutive nights this week to discuss Carr’s move.

“There’s a lot to sort out after the season.” McDaniel said. Wednesday.

Derrick Carr’s season is over. Is the Raiders career over? (Kevin Sabitis/Getty Images)

Carr has been a starter for the Raiders for nine seasons since they drafted him in the second round of the 2014 draft. He missed just two regular season games in his career. He missed both games due to injury.

The decision raises obvious doubts about the future of the franchise. Carr has made three Pro Bowls in his nine seasons, the last coming after the 2017 campaign. The Raiders made the playoffs twice with Carr at quarterback, including a wild-card berth last season. They haven’t won a playoff game since 2002.

In the year In 2022, Carr completed 60.8% of his passes for 3,522 yards with 24 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. His completion rate is the worst since his rookie season and is down significantly from his 68.4% rate in 2021. 14 goals are the most in the league through Week 16. He had three tackles in Saturday’s 13-10 loss to the Steelers. But they were eliminated from the postseason.

The Raiders hired McDaniel last offseason in part because of his ability as the longtime offensive coordinator for the New England Patriots. Carr and the Raiders offense bounced back in his first season as head coach. McDaniel and general manager Dave Ziegler will be under pressure in their second season together to show improvement on offense regardless of who plays quarterback.

The Raiders traded last offseason for All-Pro receiver Davante Adams, a college teammate and close friend of Carr’s. Carr is a respected leader in the locker room. Getting over it is not a decision to be taken lightly.

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