Raiders’ Davante Adams wants to STAY in Las Vegas even if team trades QB Derek Carr – his friend and former college teammate – 10 months after star receiver signs $141m deal
- Davante Adams said he wants to stay with the Raiders after this season
- The team is rumored to be interested in trading quarterback Derek Carr
- Carr, Adams’ college teammate, helped lure the All-Pro WR to Las Vegas
- Adams signed a five-year, $141m extension with the Raiders in March
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Just one season into his five-year, $141.3 million deal with the Raiders, wide receiver Davante Adams said he hopes to stay in Las Vegas despite the likely departure of his friend and former college teammate, quarterback Derek Carr.
Carr’s presence in Las Vegas initially prompted Adams to push for a trade with the Raiders, giving up a first- and second-round pick to the Green Bay Packers before signing the All-Pro receiver to a massive contract extension.
‘I wouldn’t have been here or been here, originally, probably without Derek,’ Adams told reporters on Wednesday. ‘But that doesn’t necessarily mean that I won’t be here if he isn’t. That’s my kid. Obviously, I turned him down for anything. I think I’ve made that clearer at this point. I support him and I also support all his advancements.’
Adams, a Palo Alto native, grew up an Oakland Raiders fan before attending Fresno State with Carr and being drafted by the Packers in 2014. The club moved from Oakland to Las Vegas in 2020.
Just one season into his five-year, $141.3 million deal with the Raiders, wide receiver Davante Adams (left) said he hopes to stay in Las Vegas despite the impending departure of his friend and former college teammate, quarterback Derek Carr (right)
The 6-10 Raiders have been eliminated from playoff contention in head coach Josh McDaniels’ disappointing first season in Las Vegas.
Carr was benched before overtime in Sunday’s loss to the visiting San Francisco 49ers in an apparent attempt to preserve his health for a trade before Feb. 15, when his $33 million salary becomes guaranteed for 2023 season. By trading him before the mid-February deadline, the Raiders would be able to keep a cap figure of just $5.6 million for the three-time Pro Bowler, giving the Las Vegas front office more financial flexibility to look for of free agents.
Sources told NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport that the Raiders are expected to explore trade possibilities for Carr, who agreed to stay away from the team following his benching in Las Vegas.
The Indianapolis Colts (+275), Jets (+400), Tennessee Titans (+500), and New England Patriots (+800) are the betting favorites to land Carr, per DraftKings.
The younger brother of another former Fresno State quarterback, David Carr, Derek was drafted in the second round of the 2014 NFL Draft by the then Oakland Raiders. The team has only reached the playoffs twice since he took over under center, falling in the Wild Card round in 2016 and 2021.
This season was particularly disappointing for Carr as the Raiders’ offense struggled and he failed to take full advantage of the addition of Adams, who still managed to have an impressive season with 95 catches for 1,443 yards and 14 touchdowns.
Quarterback Derek Carr #4 of the Fresno State Bulldogs celebrates a touchdown pass with wide receiver Davante Adams #15 against the San Jose State Spartans in the first half on November 29, 2013 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose