For the first time in nearly a decade, Derek Carr won’t be under center when the Las Vegas Raiders break training camp. With the Raiders releasing Carr (and Carr subsequently signing a four year, $150 million contract with the New Orleans Saints), this marks the end of an era for the franchise, signaling a fresh start under second-year head coach Josh McDaniels. Hired away from New England where he spent most of the last two decades as the Patriots’ offensive coordinator, McDaniels has quickly remade the Raiders’ roster in his own image, cutting bait with franchise mainstays like Derek Carr and tight end Darren Waller, who was traded to the New York Giants for a third round draft pick.
“Those decisions weren’t easy to come by,” McDaniels admitted to NFL Network’s Steve Wyche. But they were necessary ones, part of a year-long process of sussing out “who’s there, what they do, what they don’t do” as part of the process of gaining “a better idea of what you need to do going forward.”
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