Derek Carr’s Las Vegas future gets first major clue

The Las Vegas Raiders overcame a myriad of hurdles to qualify for the playoffs this season. As they prepare to face the Cincinnati Bengals, they will have to take the team’s future seriously, regardless of the outcome. The most important factor in the future of Las Vegas is the situation of Derek Carr.

Carr’s future as a Raider is not guaranteed. Although he himself had a good season – in which he threw for 4,804 yards and 282.6 yards per game, both career highs – his contract expires very soon. The Raiders need to find a head coach this offseason and will keep Carr in mind.

Through NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:

The Raiders will conduct a full and thorough coaching search early in the offseason, and it looks like quarterback Derek Carr’s future will be tied to it.

Las Vegas and Carr have a mutual decision to make this offseason, and sources say head coach choice will be a factor.

Carr made it clear publicly that his preference was to stay with the Raiders, saying he would likely quit football instead of playing for another team. But with one year remaining on his 5-year, $125 million contract, he won an extension near the top of the market.

Carr has been the Raiders’ quarterback for eight years now. Although he has proclaimed his loyalty to the team, the franchise must do its part. Finding him a good trainer could convince him to stay. But as the 30-year-old Carr ages more, he may prefer to join a team that’s more fit to compete for the Super Bowl, which the Raiders aren’t right now.

As Carr prepares to play his first-ever playoff game, the Raiders also have work to do.

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