Star quarterback Tom Brady recently set the entire league ablaze after his stern remarks concerning another NFL team passing him up in free agency. Since then, the chatter has centered around who Brady bashed. With that in mind, Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has taken his name off the list.
Tom Brady blasts an NFL team for sticking with another quarterback over him
Throughout Brady‘s illustrious NFL career, he’s dealt with the spotlight focused directly on him.
The 43-year-old recently created a bushfire of buzz around him after blasting an anonymous team for passing him up in free agency last offseason in favor of keeping another quarterback.
“One of the teams, they weren’t interested at the very end. I was thinking, ‘You’re sticking with that motherf–ker?'” Brady said during a recent appearance on HBO’s “The Shop” via Bleacher Report.
The seven-time Super Bowl champion didn’t pull any punches, but he also didn’t reveal who the NFL team was. Since then, it’s created significant discussion around what franchise and quarterback he chose to target without publicly naming.
With that in mind, one former Pro Bowl quarterback has come forth to take his name out of the picture.
Derek Carr shuts down any chance Tom Brady’s stern comments targeted him
In the brief time following Brady’s comments, Carr’s name remained floating around as possibly the targeted anonymous quarterback.
It didn’t take long for the three-time Pro Bowler to chime in on the matter. Carr recently voiced on the Brother From Another podcast he heard from a reliable source that he isn’t who the 43-year-old publicly blasted.
“From what I know it wasn’t me, which is good,” Carr said. “I know you got the rings, but if it’s not me then we’re good. What I heard, it wasn’t me. And so I’m good with that.”
When Brady tested the free-agent market, the Raiders were among the teams holding a significant interest in signing him. Despite that, the five-time Super Bowl MVP never expressed any serious consideration.
With Carr and the Raiders out of the picture, it leaves the San Francisco 49ers as the most likely team that Brady bashed. The star quarterback grew up a 49ers fan, developing a strong affinity for Joe Montana. Meanwhile, San Francisco sat stuck in a challenging contractual position with Jimmy Garoppolo.
Brady may never reveal who he blasted publicly, but Carr knows it wasn’t him.
Derek Carr wants to play his entire career with the Raiders
Beyond Brady’s comments, Carr’s future with the Raiders isn’t cemented.
Since reaching the playoffs in 2016, Las Vegas hasn’t won more than six regular-season games. Meanwhile, Carr’s steady production hasn’t resulted in the team achieving consistent success. Despite all that, the 30-year-old voiced he wants to spend his entire career with the Raiders.
“I have been through everything there,” Carr said. “I have buddies on other teams that are on playoff contenders every year begging me “come play for us,” but I keep telling them ‘I love you bro, but I just rather go down with the ship.’ That’s just how I am raised and brought up. Now I am going to do it here. It’s my team.
“It would have to take a big talking in getting me to play somewhere else if that time ever came because I am Raider. I am a Raider for life. If I wanted to, I could have teamed up with a whole bunch of my buddies we could have done already and probably won a couple of championships. I just didn’t want to do that. I wanted to stick it out here and do it this way.”
Carr holds two more years left in five-year, $125 million that runs through the 2022 season. He has only a $2.5 million dead cap hit in 2021 and no dead cap in 2022. However, ESPN‘s Jeremy Fowler recently reported the Raiders discussed an extension with the veteran quarterback.
Ultimately, time will tell if Carr’s tenure in Las Vegas will extend past his current deal.
Contract figures courtesy of Spotrac.