Raiders confident in Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota after Tom Brady snub

Raiders confident in Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota after Tom Brady snub

The Raiders aren’t looking back after missing out on NFL free agency’s biggest prize.

General manager Mike Mayock told reporters on a conference call on Tuesday that the team feels, “really good about the quarterback position,” entering its inaugural season in Las Vegas.

“We love what we have in Derek Carr,” Mayock said.

Some speculated the Raiders would pursue longtime Patriots quarterback Tom Brady earlier this offseason. The team was reportedly unwilling to match the hefty asking price for the soon-to-be 43-year-old signal-caller, who inked a two-year, $50 million deal — fully guaranteed — with the Buccaneers.

Instead, they made a move for 2015 No. 2 overall pick, Marcus Mariota, whom the Titans benched in favor of Ryan Tannehill in Week 6. Mariota finished the season with 1,203 yards, seven touchdowns, two interceptions and a career-worst 59.4 completion percentage.

He signed a two-year, $17.6 million contract with the Raiders on March 25.

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.Getty Images

“He’s got to get healthy,” Mayock said of the 26-year-old Oregon product, per Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “We got to rebuild him a little bit to get his confidence back. Build him up from the ground up. It’s going to take a little while I think just to get him healthy and where he wants to be.”

By pursuing Mariota, as an expensive insurance policy for Carr, the Raiders have demonstrated continued commitment to their 2014 second-round pick, who is in the fourth year of a five-year, $125 million contract extension he signed back in 2017.

The sixth-year quarterback has accrued 22,793 yards, 143 touchdowns and a 64.2 completion percentage in his career. Instead of eliciting praise for one of his best seasons with the team, however, Oakland fans booed and threw trash onto the field during the Raiders’ final home game on Dec. 16, a brutal 20-16 loss to the Jaguars.

“I look forward to taking the first snap in that stadium,” Carr told ESPN amid the Brady rumors in January at the Raiders’ renaming ceremony. “And I look forward to taking every snap from here on out, until I’m done.”

The Raiders also have quarterbacks Nathan Peterman, 25, and DeShone Kizer, 24, currently rostered.

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