It’s all but official now. Derek Carr and the Raiders are taking steps to finalize their split, with the team evaluating the trade market for the quarterback, who said goodbye to the franchise and its fans in a statement posted to social media on Thursday. Carr was benched prior to the Raiders’ Week 17 matchup against the 49ers in the first signal that this could be the end of his time with the franchise. Things went sideways with Carr and the team following what looked to be a banner offseason for both. After the Raiders barnstormed their way into the 2021 playoffs, losing a heartbreaker to the Bengals, they made Josh McDaniels head coach, executed a blockbuster trade for Carr’s longtime friend, Davante Adams, and extended Carr with a three-year contract extension worth $121.5 million. But they started the season at 2-7, bottoming out with a home loss to the Colts in Jeff Saturday’s coaching debut, and couldn’t get back into the playoffs despite winning four of five games in Weeks 11 through 15.