January 29, 2023


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Raiders will bench QB Derek Carr, Garrett Stidham for the 49ers

HENDERSON, NV – The Las Vegas Raiders are sitting Derek Carrthe team’s starting quarterback since 2014, first-year head coach Josh McDaniels announced Wednesday.

Jarrett StidhamThe undrafted rookie agent, who was acquired in an offseason trade from the New England Patriots, will start against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday at Allegiant Stadium. Chase Garbers Backup will be.

Stidham, a 2019 fourth-round draft pick, will make his first career start. He is 8-for-13 for 72 yards in three games this season.

Carr, who holds virtually every passing record in franchise history, was signed to a three-year, $121.5 million contract extension in the spring, but that could be snapped for the $5.625 million salary cap if the transfer takes place within three days of the Super Bowl. His salary of $32.9 million for next year and $7.5 million of his salary for 2024 will be fully guaranteed in the event of his injury.

Sources tell ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler that the Raiders made the move in part to preserve Carr’s health and keep their options open for the season, including a potential trade. Sources have indicated that Carr’s option to return in 2023 is still on the table.

McDaniels said there was no “final” in the decision to close Carr.

“None of us are happy with where we are, but we think it’s an opportunity to evaluate a young player who hasn’t had a lot of playing time,” McDaniels said. “Derek has been fantastic. He understands the scenario we are in and the situation and is very supportive of the two young men. He will do anything he can to help them.”

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Carr struggled in his first season under McDaniels’ new regime of strikers and general manager Dave Ziegler. Carr has an NFL-high and career-high 14 interceptions, and his passer rating of 86.3 is his lowest since his rookie season.

The Raiders also placed a pair of veteran defensive players on injured reserve at defensive end Chandler Jones and full back Denzel Berryman. They injured their left elbow and left shoulder, respectively, against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday.

Las Vegas, a playoff team a year ago at 10-7 under interim head coach Rich Pesaccia, is 6-9 and mathematically still alive for the playoffs as it closes out the regular season against the 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs.