Yesterday, the Las Vegas Raiders officially released Derek Carr.
While the writing had been on the wall for some time about Carr’s release, this move was officially made yesterday.
Many Raiders fans are upset about the move, given that Carr was their quarterback for nine seasons, while others are rejoicing.
With this release, the Raiders saved themselves a large sum of money.
Releasing Derek Carr creates $29.25 million in cap space for the Raiders, who will carry just a $5.625 million dead-money cap charge for him in 2023. Once his release is official, Carr is free to sign with any team at any time. He does not have to wait until March 15th.
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The Raiders now have nearly $30 million extra in cap space to work with.
With this extra money, the team can sign a marquee free-agent quarterback, or retain players that might have been cap casualties.
Although the lack of Carr’s veteran presence might be a detriment at first, in the end, it appears that this was the right move for the team.
The Raiders finished the 2022 season with a 7-10 record but will look to improve mightily in 2023.
Carr’s departure just might help the team do that.
With the AFC West turning into one of the stronger divisions in the AFC, the Raiders will need to do their part to keep up.
The Denver Broncos just landed Sean Payton, who has been added to turn things around within their team.
The Los Angeles Chargers are only getting better under Justin Herbert, who continues to hone his game.
And, of course, the Kansas City Chiefs just won the Super Bowl.
Each one of these teams, at least right now, appears to be in a better spot than the Raiders.
The offseason should be filled with many exciting twists and turns for Raiders fans, as the organization looks to right the ship.NEXT: Derek Carr Received A Short Farewell From The Raiders