Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has no ill will toward Antonio Brown following his move to the New England Patriots.
Brown was released by Oakland last weekend after a series of off-field incidents. But, he was not a free agent for long as he quickly agreed to a deal with NFL Super Bowl champions the Patriots.
Carr – who led Oakland to a 24-16 win over the Denver Broncos – was asked how he felt about Brown the Raiders star told reporters: “I love Antonio. He knows that.
“We’ve spent time with each other, family, all of that, I can go on and on, right? He’s not here. He plays for somebody else. I wish him the best. I hope he goes off and has, gets everything he wants. I sent him a text and it says, ‘I wish you the best, I hope you get what you want.’ And there’s no hurt feelings, there’s no anger in me. There wasn’t any anger in me when I found out to be honest with you.”
The Raiders acquired Brown in an offseason trade with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The wide receiver, however, never played in a regular-season game with the team.
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Oakland fined Brown for missing mandatory practice time and a walkthrough, as well as a reported altercation with general manager Mike Mayock, before letting him go.
“We had a good football team even when [Brown] wasn’t there,” Carr said. “We knew if we added him, my goodness, that could be crazy, because he’s so good as a football player. But he’s not here. And when it happened, it was like, OK. … It was like, OK, at least the questions are done, right? At least we have answers. And it stung as a friend having to see him go somewhere else.
“But again, I wish Antonio the best. And even if, whatever feelings… I don’t even think he has hard feelings towards anybody. He just wanted a different place, right?
“And so I wish him the best. I hope he gets everything he wants. Wish his family and children the best. Love the guy. Had fun. Practices were really fun. We had a whole bunch of touchdowns in practice. Going to tell my kids someday that I threw to him, and all those kinds of things. But we’re moving on, and we have a good football team. And I’m really, really, really happy to be a part of this team.”
Carr completed 22 of his 26 passes for 259 yards with a touchdown in the victory over the Broncos.
The Raiders will host the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.