The Raiders reportedly told Derek Carr he’s Oakland’s quarterback “now and for the foreseeable future” amid rumors of a fractured locker room and a broken relationship between Carr and the rest of the team.
According to ESPN, citing unidentified sources, Carr will remain their starting quarterback for the rest of the season and likely next year. The report adds the Raiders “have gone out of their way to give assurances that Carr is not being traded, and they plan to keep him.”
Raiders tell Derek Carr that he is their starting QB now and for foreseeable future, per sources.https://t.co/10CHKydwMW
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 28, 2018
Reports surfaced earlier this week from The Athletic questioning whether Carr is still considered a leader in the Raiders locker room. Carr responded to the rumors, denying that he has a “fractured relationship” with his team. He wrote on Twitter earlier this week: “I’m a Raider. It’s not a ‘popular’ thing to be a Raider right now, but I am and I love it.”
Tight end Lee Smith called the report “the biggest joke” he’s ever seen and reiterated the support Oakland has for Carr in a fiery rant to reporters Wednesday.
The Raiders have fallen to 1-5 and tensions seems to be getting worse as The Athletic released a separate report Tuesday that players are questioning coach Jon Gruden’s accountability following Monday’s trade of Amari Cooper, which players found out through news reports.