This NFL off-season has been dominated by talk of star quarterbacks demanding trades.
Suddenly, teams around the league were thrown into chaos by the player at the most important position in sports.
And this NFL quarterback made a surprising announcement about retirement.
Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has been the team’s starting quarterback since being a second round draft pick in 2014.
Carr has played well – he’s completed 64 percent of his passes for his career with 170 touchdown passes against 71 interceptions – and in 2016 led the Raiders to their first playoff appearance since the 2002 season.
But the Raiders struggled overall and Carr’s career record of 47-63 leaves him with the most losses of any quarterback in their first seven seasons.
That’s led to annual speculation that the Raiders are preparing to trade Carr and draft a new franchise quarterback.
Carr addressed the speculation with the media at the Raiders mandatory minicamp and said he would rather quit than play for another team.
“I’d probably quit football if I had to play for somebody else,” Carr stated. “I am a Raider for my entire life. I’m going to root for one team for the rest of my life – it’s the Raiders. So, I just feel that so strong in my heart I don’t need a perfect situation . . . to make things right.
“I’d rather go down with the ship, you know what I’m saying, if I have to,” Carr added.
Carr explained that he had an old school mentality where he only wanted to play for the team that drafted him.
In an era where athletes want to manipulate their way onto super teams so they can chase championship rings, it was refreshing to see a quarterback like Carr dismiss any interest in playing anywhere other than for the team that drafted him.
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.