Derek Carr buys home in Vegas, will be neighbors with Jon Gruden
Derek Carr confirmed to reporters on Thursday that he has purchased a home in Las Vegas ahead of the Oakland Raiders’ move to Sin City in 2020, and it turns out he’ll be neighbors with none other than Jon Gruden.
The Athletic’s Vic Tafur was among the media who shared the interesting news.
It’s true. As David Carr said, Derek Carr has bought a home in Las Vegas. When it’s complete and he finally moves in, his neighbor will be … Jon Gruden. #Raiders— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) August 1, 2019
Interestingly, it was only a few short months ago that Carr’s long-term future with the Raiders under the Gruden regime was anything but certain. Rumors suggested that the Raiders were high on Kyler Murray ahead of the 2019 NFL Draft.
The Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback of course was taken with the first overall pick by the Arizona Cardinals, and the Raiders ended up selecting defensive end Clelin Ferrell with the fourth pick.
All the draft drama surrounding the future of the quarterback position with the Raiders also came amid the backdrop of Carr and Gruden not necessarily seeing eye-to-eye at times during the coach’s first season with the Raiders in 2018.
The purported rift between Carr and Gruden seemingly came to a head with a sideline spat during a November game.
Gruden and Carr exchanging words after a terrible 3 and out sequence. #Raiders pic.twitter.com/im3f7XkU3x— TAJI. (@InfiniteRaiders) November 18, 2018
That said, confrontations between quarterbacks and coaches are not uncommon in the NFL, both involved parties downplayed it afterward. Further, it bears noting that Gruden typically has had nothing but favorable things to say about his franchise quarterback.
Still, the notion that Gruden and Carr will be neighbors in Vegas certainly is an interesting aside. Let’s hope things go well between the two during the 2019 season. If not, things could get pretty awkward in their neighborhood and Carr may be left with no choice but to make a quick sale. After all, with Gruden’s 10-year, $100 million deal with the Raiders, it’s not like he’s going anywhere.