The Las Vegas Raiders have suspended their quarterback Derek Carr for the final two games of the regular season Raiders Head Coach Josh McDaniels announced Wednesday.
Back-up quarterback Jarrett Stidham will become the primary quarterback. Chase Garbers will be the backup quarterback, meaning Carr will not be active for Sunday’s game with the San Francisco 49ers.
The three-time Pro-Bowler resigned the team with the Raiders consent, in order in order to not be an issue during the last 2 weeks in the season an insider informed the The Athletic’s Jeff Howe.
Carr has nine touchdowns as well as nine interceptions in the last five games, while completing only 57 percent in his throws. He has missed just three games over the course of nine seasons playing for the Raiders.
The move is primarily to ensure that Carr’s health is protected for an offseason trade as reported by sources to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN. The contract of the 31-year-old sportsman has a no-trade clause, which means the player must be able to sign any trade.
Carr has the $34.875-million cap-hit in 2023’s season According to Over the Cap.
The Raiders purchased the star wide receiver, Davante Adams, during the offseason, and also hired McDaniels in an effort to reenergize the offense. However, Carr’s completion percentage as well as pass rating is at its the lowest since his debut season and Las Vegas is currently 6-9 on the year and is ranked at third place in the AFC West.
“None of us is happy where we’re at,” McDaniels stated. “But we think it’s an opportunity to evaluate a younger player who hasn’t had much time to play.”
First chosen from the New England Patriots in the fourth round of the 2019 NFL Draft, Stidham has played for 11 NFL games, but is not yet made an appearance. The 26-year-old has a record of 32 career career completions, including three interceptions and two touchdowns.