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Mark Davis sinking Raiders into dysfunction with Derek Carr treatment

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Is Raiders owner Mark Davis intentionally committing organizational negligence?

It sure is what it looks like. The team won 10 games last season and made the playoffs as one of the league’s feel-good stories. Now, Davis seems intent on blowing it up.

Quarterback Derek Carr was not only a productive player, but he also exudes passion, giving the impression that he bleeds silver and black. He cares so much that he has been known to shed tears in post-game interviews.

However, Carr, whose 91 consecutive appearances (since 2014) are second only to Tom Brady’s 108 among active quarterbacks, was replaced this week for the last two games by Josh McDaniels, a manager who at the start of this season looked like he wasn’t. won’t make it past halloween.

It’s gotten so awkward in Las Vegas that Carr, a popular figure in the Raiders locker room, has reportedly been away from the team for the past two weeks to avoid being a distraction, apparently having played his last game for the only NFL team he fit in.

Carr is in his ninth season and has been selected to three Pro Bowls. He has 217 career touchdown passes to just 99 interceptions and completed 64.6% of his passes. Although he has 14 picks this season, he has 24 touchdown passes. He’s the reason the Raiders were able to sign Davante Adams in the offseason, as the two played together in college.

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Mark Davis continues to sink the Raiders into dysfunction.
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The Raiders are filling in for Derek Carr for the last two games.
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The Raiders’ wellness story a year ago is long gone.

The Raiders are 10-7 in 2021 and 7-5 under interim head coach Rich Bisaccia. Players wanted him back but were ignored by the property. Las Vegas is 6-9 this season going into the game on Sunday against the 49ers, with only a slim chance of making the postseason.

Now, the owner appears keen to trade Carr, with whom he signed a three-year, $121.5 million contract extension in the spring. If Carr is cut three days after the Super Bowl, the Raiders will only have a salary cap of $5.625 million in 2023. His $32.9 million salary for next year and $7.5 million of his salary for 2024 would be fully insured in case he got hurt.

So obviously what’s on the line is the Raiders, having decided they’re ready to let go of Carr, putting him on a bubble for the final two games for fear of injury, despite the fact that he holds pretty much all of their career records. passage in the history of the franchise.

All this just a few months after giving Carr that extension. This is the first level dysfunction.

“Obviously, I don’t think anyone was excited about it here,” Adams said this week of Carr’s move.

If you’re a Raiders fan and you trust Davis, you’re either on his payroll or you’re delusional.

Davis is an owner who was born at third base, thanks to his late father Al, one of the league’s founders. Davis has fired two team presidents and two top financial executives and last year accepted the resignation of head coach Jon Gruden after reports surfaced of his sending racist, misogynistic and homophobic emails. He also faced accusations that he fostered a “hostile work environment”.

And now this, exploding the heart and soul of a team coming off a second playoff appearance in 19 seasons.

Curious and inexplicable.

“Are they still in playoff contention and they pull the quarterback?” 49ers linebacker Dre Greenlaw told reporters this week in disbelief.

These are your Raiders, Las Vegas. Happy Holidays.

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