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Report: Raiders don't intend to move on from Carr next season

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The Raiders enter Sunday's Week 17 contest against the Denver Broncos eliminated from playoff contention, and without a winning record for their fourth straight season.

Still, it doesn't appear that the Raiders organization is considering a change at quarterback in 2021. Instead, Las Vegas reportedly is sticking with Derek Carr heading into next season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Sunday morning. 

"There's no intention that [the Raiders] are willing to move off of Derek Carr at this point in time," Schefter said on ESPN NFL Sunday Countdown. "Now, Jon Gruden is always looking at quarterbacks and they also have Marcus Mariota under a two-year contract, but Carr played well this year and you have to figure they'd like to stick with him going into next year. No intention to move off him at this time." 

Hopes were high for Las Vegas early in the season, when the Raiders jumped out to an encouraging 6-3 start. However --  eerily similar to last season's collapse -- the team has faltered since, dropping five of their last six contests.

Since taking over as the Raiders' starting quarterback in 2014, Carr owns a 43-63 record. The Raiders have made the playoffs just once in that timeframe, when they cemented their last winning record in 2016. 

Despite that, Carr has put up some pretty productive numbers this season. In 15 games, he's thrown for 3,732 yards with a 67.6 percent completion rate, along with 25 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Yet, while Carr is signed through the 2022 season, the 29-year-old has limited guarantees left on his contract, and it would make financial sense should the Raiders decide to move him. 

 
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If the Raiders have a change of heart, they could find a replacement option in-house. As Schefter notes, Las Vegas also has Mariota signed through the 2021 season. The former No. 2 overall pick in 2015 has seen limited time on the field, but left a lasting impression in his one appearance this year. When Carr departed the Raiders' Week 15 matchup against the Los Angeles Chargers with a groin injury, Mariota stepped in off the bench. He promptly threw for 226 yards, along with a touchdown and an interception, and rushed for an additional 88 yards and a touchdown run of his own.

However, it seems Las Vegas is locked in with Carr at the helm next season. With head coach Jon Gruden still looking for his first winning season in three years, and the team searching for their first playoff win since 2002, the Raiders will have their work cut out for them.