Is Derek Carr a free agent? 

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The benching of Derek Carr for the rest of the season by Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels was revealed on Wednesday, making it unlikely that the quarterback would play again in Las Vegas in 2023.

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Because there isn't another reliable starting quarterback on the roster, the Raiders may eventually sign free agents Jimmy Garoppolo or Tom Brady.

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Albert Breer, a Sports Illustrated NFL insider, and others are making connections between Brady of Tampa Bay and Garoppolo of San Francisco and Las Vegas.

Both QBs have been handled by McDaniels and Raiders general manager Dave Ziegler extensively.

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In New England, McDaniels directed the strategy for 13 seasons under Brady and three under Garoppolo. Brady and Garoppolo both worked in New England's scouting division from 2013 to 2019, and Ziegler was there during that time.

Last month, former Buccaneers coach Bruce Arians told veteran NFL reporter Ira Kaufman that he thinks Tom Brady would play for Tampa Bay if he comes back in the next season. 

In any case, Carr's benching indicates that the Raiders will make significant adjustments to their quarterback situation.

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