Quarterback Derek Carr is currently preparing for his first season with the New Orleans Saints.
However, he still apparently holds some ill will towards the Las Vegas Raiders, the team that drafted him with the 36th overall pick in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Carr is apparently salty over how the team treated him before officially moving on from him.
“I was, for lack of a better term, I was very upset; I was mad,” Carr told Anthony Galaviz of The Fresno Bee. “You spend nine years in a place, you have all the records and you can play at a high level and for something to get in the way, whether it was whatever reason, money related or whatever, injury-related, I would have said I don’t even want the money, just to play two more times in front of our fans. I didn’t get that opportunity. So, it definitely lit a fire inside me to keep going.”
Despite the hard feelings, Carr realizes he didn’t exactly perform up to his standard during a wild 6-11 season that resulted in the Raiders missing the playoffs.
“If you win more games and you keep being productive, you stay there forever,” Carr said. “But we didn’t win enough games and that’s the kind of stuff that happens with all the turnover of coaches; with all the different things. Eventually, the last guy in the room is usually going to be out at some point. And that’s really what happened.
“I’ve survived about 20 coaches, and that’s how it goes, and it is what it is.”
Perhaps the change in scenery will rejuvenate Carr’s career. Only time will tell.