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Raiders QB Derek Carr reveals ‘no anger in me' toward Antonio Brown

Raiders QB Derek Carr reveals ‘no anger in me' toward Antonio Brown

OAKLAND — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr took the podium shortly after Monday night’s 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos and was asked about someone who wasn’t at the Coliseum.

That was expected, considering Antonio Brown sucked all the air out of the Raiders' summer with various antics.

This last week was the worst. Brown had an altercation with the GM, apologized for it, then demanded his release and got it Saturday morning. He joined the New England Patriots hours later, crushing dreams of just how a Hall of Fame-type player could’ve adjusted the Raiders’ fortunes.

There was disappointment in those events. 

After all, Carr spent so much time this offseason throwing with Brown at East Bay parks and local colleges when he’d normally be home with family or working on his own. He invited Brown to his son’s birthday in Fresno, and made the wide receiver part of his and the Raiders family.

Then Brown was gone in a flash, before ever playing a meaningful snap.

Carr had a right to be angry. All that time building chemistry with someone he would never play with was essentially wasted. Carr let Brown in, and the receiver decided he wanted to be somewhere else. 

That’s harsh, but Carr found peace with an unwelcome chain of events that made Brown a Patriot. He welcomed that first Antonio Brown question, an opportunity to address the situation once and never again after that.

He had other teammates to praise after a job well done. He felt no need to sulk over a player no longer there.

Carr chose to take the high road when talking about a player who purposefully orchestrated his way out of town.

“I love AB. He knows that,” Carr said. “I spent lots of time with him. I can go on, but he’s not here. He’s with someone else, and I wish him the best. I hope he goes off, and gets everything he wants. I sent him a text saying that.

“There’s no hurt feelings. There’s no anger in me. There wasn’t any anger in me when I found out, to he honest with you, despite what people wrote. Some people saw me right after and thought I was mad about that, when [PR staffer Evert Geerlings] will tell you we were talking about something totally different. Again, when you don’t have all the details and you just write something about me, I don’t like that.

”He’s gone. I wish him the best.”

Carr certainly played with an edge. He was fired up during an excellent performance, completing 22 of 26 passes for 259 yards, one touchdown and a 121 passer rating. 

Brown leaving didn't fire up Carr, as he explained over the 2 minutes and 35 seconds spent detailing his process for dealing with AB's departure. Carr and the entire team are ready to shift focus to those in Oakland who want to be Raiders.

“I hope we can talk about Darren Waller,” Carr said. “Hopefully we can talk about Tyrell Williams being a No. 1 receiver. Hopefully we can talk about how we allowed no sacks against that defense. Hopefully we can talk about our rookies. Vontaze Burfict looked like an All-Pro linebacker. We tried to tell everybody these things all offseason. We weren’t just blowing smoke.

“Sorry to take your question and run with it, but we had a good football team even when he wasn’t there. We knew that, if we added him, my goodness, that would be crazy because he’s so good as a football player. But he’s not here. When it happen, it was like ‘OK.’ ”

It allowed Carr to exhale.

Concluding the AB drama was somehow unwelcome and satisfying at the same time. After so much time with Brown as the center of outside attention and controversy despite spending so much time away from the team, at least the noise finally would stop.

[RELATED: Gruden wishes Patriots luck with AB]

“It wasn’t the same feeling as when Khalil [Mack] got traded," Carr said. "It was not the same feeling. [With Brown gone], at least the questions are done. At least we have answers.

”As a friend, it stung seeing him have to go somewhere else, but I wish him the best. I don’t even think he has hard feelings toward anybody. He just wanted a different place. I wish him the best, and I hope he gets everything he wants. I wish him and his family the best.

”Practices were fun. I can tell my kids I threw to him, but we’re moving on. We have a good football team, and I’m really happy to be on this team, because we’re like a family.”

This family received some closure with Brown on a different coast and, whether they openly admitted it or not, Monday’s win helped the Raiders move on and find solace in a normal regular-season routine.

Why one NFL exec sees Tom Brady-to-Raiders as QB’s 'fallback position'

Why one NFL exec sees Tom Brady-to-Raiders as QB’s 'fallback position'

When there's smoke, there's fire. And until Tom Brady re-signs with the New England Patriots, rumors will keep swirling regarding him joining the Raiders in Las Vegas. 

Brady has spent his entire 20-year NFL career with the Patriots, but if he does move on, the Raiders could make sense. The Raiders' stellar rookie class from last season should take another step forward in 2020 and between coach Jon Gruden, general manager Mike Mayock and owner Mark Davis, the Silver and Black want to start their Las Vegas tenure with a bang.

This team still might be going through a bit of a rebuild, but there the above trio won't wait forever. They want wins. And nobody is better at that then Brady. 

But one NFL executive believes the Raiders aren't quite yet Brady's first option. 

“The Raiders become a fallback position for Brady in my view," the anonymous exec said to The Athletic's Mike Sando. "If it turns out Brady really wants to get away from Bill Belichick and he is out of there no matter what, then I think the Raiders become the next best possibility.”

The Patriots reportedly are willing to offer Brady upward of $30 million a year, but NFL Media's Ian Rapoport reported earlier this month that Patriots owner Robert Kraft is willing to let the six-time Super Bowl champion see what's out on the market before coming back to the Patriots with his demands. If that's the case, it sounds like the Raiders are ready to open their wallets for the future Hall of Famer. 

longtime sportswriter Larry Fitzgerald Sr., -- who also is the father of Arizona Cardinals star wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald Jr. -- dropped an eye-opener on Valentine's Day. 

Would the Raiders really be willing to give $60 million to a QB who will be 43 years old next season? The Raiders are slated to have around $55 million in salary cap room entering the offseason. Though they'd prefer to get Brady on a cheaper deal, the Raiders, in theory, can afford to give him a hefty sum. 

[RELATED: Why Raiders signing Brady could make sense for both sides]

This of course all depends on if Gruden and Co. are ready to move on from a much-younger quarterback Derek Carr. When you have a chance to add Tom Brady, though, you at least take a long look at the possibility. 

The Raiders certainly seem to have their eyes on Brady. But it could take a lot to break up a long marriage between a legendary QB and legendary coach in Brady and Bill Belichick. 

Foster Moreau defends Raiders' 2019 rookie class, claps back on Twitter

Foster Moreau defends Raiders' 2019 rookie class, claps back on Twitter

Oh, the disrespect. 

The Raiders' 2019 draft class was one of the best in recent seasons, in all of the NFL. Running back Josh Jacobs was an Offensive Rookie of the Year finalist, and defensive end Maxx Crosby was up for Defensive Rookie of the Year. Apparently that doesn't mean much to NFL.com's Gennaro Filice and Nick Shook. 

The duo of writers gave the Silver and Black's rookie class an A- grade, but ranked them as just the seventh-best in the NFL. That didn't sit well with Raiders rookie tight end Foster Moreau. 

As Moreau's tweet shows, the Raiders' rookie class finished first in rushing yards, first in receptions, first in yards from scrimmage, first in scrimmage TDs and first in sacks. Case closed. 

Moreau himself had 21 receptions for 174 yards and caught five TDs in 13 games. The fourth-round draft pick's rookie year was cut short with a knee injury. Before his injury, he impressed coaches as a run blocker, pass protector and receiver.

On offense, Jacobs led the way. Many believe he was snubbed as Arizona Cardinals QB Kyler Murray was voted as Offensive Rookie of the Year. Jacobs broke almost every Raiders rookie rushing record, most of which were previously held by Marcus Allen. The Alabama product averaged 4.8 yards per carry and had 1,1150 rushing yards despite missing three of the last four games with a fractured shoulder.

Hunter Renfrow, selected in the fifth round of the draft, had the second-most receiving yards by a Raiders receiver this season, despite also missing three games to injury. Renfrow finished the 2019 season with 49 receptions for 605 yards and four touchdowns. 

Crosby, a steal out of the fourth round, totaled 10 sacks -- the second-most by any rookie throughout the league. He led the Raiders in sacks and tackles for loss (19), 9.5 more than fellow rookie teammate Clelin Ferrell. 

[RELATED: How Raiders' 2019 rookies are laying bedrock for success]

Ferrell, the No. 4 pick in last year's draft, vowed to return a completely different player. Safety Johnathan Abram, the No. 27 pick from last year, will be back and healthy in 2020.

The Raiders had a three-win improvement this past season. With a great rookie season behind them, the 2019 draft class can take the Raiders to new heights as they move to Las Vegas.