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Dec 22, 2019; Carson, California, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) throws a pass during pregames warmups before the Raiders game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Dignity Health Sports Park. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

By Alex Barth,

As frustrated as you may be with the constant Tom Brady rumors, you’re probably not as frustrated as Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Vegas has been proposed as a logical landing spot for Brady, should he choose to leave the Patriots in free agency. Those rumors hit a crescendo over the weekend when Brady was seen chatting with Raiders owner Mark Davis at UFC 246, which happened to be in Vegas.

Carr, who still has two years left on his contract, isn’t buying the hype. “ There was a lot of quarterbacks at that fight,” Carr told ESPN. “And there was a lot of football players at that fight that are free agents.”

Later in the interview, Carr may have let some inside info slip, regarding Brady and Davis’ chat, telling ESPN “I even know what the conversation was [between Davis and Brady], and it’s like, ‘C’mon, man, when’s it going to end?’”

The Raiders haven’t quite been Super Bowl contenders since drafting Carr in 2014, but they haven’t been the joke they once were either. They’ve had just one last-place finish since Carr took over as the starter, and are often in playoff contention well into December. Given what he’s given the organization, (he was one of eight players involved in the franchise’s official welcoming ceremony in Vegas), you can see why Carr views these rumors as a double standard.

‘Oh, gosh. Well, I was at dinner with [Mark Davis] last night. Does that count for anything?’ Golly. It’s just funny. But I’m used to it now. But I’ll say it this way: I look forward to taking the first snap in that stadium, and I look forward to taking every snap from here on out — until I’m done.”

Does Carr know something we don’t? Is it time to cross the Raiders off Tom Brady’s list? Or will Carr’s ‘company man’ mentality be all for naught once Brady hits the open market?

Alex Barth is a writer and digital producer for Any opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of 98.5 The Sports Hub, Beasley Media Group, or any subsidiaries. Thoughts? Comments? Questions? Hate mail? Let him hear it on Twitter @RealAlexBarth