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Raiders’ Derek Carr connects with Johnny Manziel after offer to help

If Johnny Manziel ever plays in the NFL again, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr could be a big reason why.

Days after telling MMQB.com that he wanted to help the former Texas A&M star, Carr said Wednesday he has since chatted with Manziel on the phone.

“It’s been good; he obviously took good to it,” Carr told reporters. “He reached out, and I reached back out to him. Anything I can do to help him. I think he’s extremely talented. People get drafted in the first round for a reason. He can run, throw. He’s very a creative, dynamic player. Obviously, he just got in a little trouble and we’ll see.”

Manziel, who has been out of the NFL since March, tweeted Carr on Monday that he would “gladly” take up his offer to help.

 Manziel played two seasons for the Cleveland Browns before the team chose to cut him in March in part because of a series of off-field issues.

Carr, who was taken 14 spots after Manziel with the 36th overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft class, said he didn’t know what would come next in his efforts to help.

“I don’t know where it’s going to go,” said Carr, who played at Fresno State. “There’s no plan or anything like that. That’s just me being me. I’m just trying to help a friend out to be honest.”

Manziel, a quarterback who won the 2012 Heisman Trophy with the Aggies, has struggled with drug and alcohol abuse. He also was charged in the spring on a misdemeanor assault charge before recently having it dropped.

Manziel’s father said in June that he hoped his “druggie” son would go to jail as that would be the “best place for him.”

In September, Manziel re-enrolled at Texas A&M for the fall semester.

Carr has been considered an MVP candidate with the Raiders this season.

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