With Tremendous Bowl LVII within the rear-view mirror, the NFL enters everybody’s favourite a part of the season: The offseason. The NFL Scouting Mix is weeks away, as is the beginning of free company.

As famous by our personal James Dator just a few months in the past, the approaching offseason could also be extra intriguing than ever. Why? As a result of we would see unprecedented quarterback motion. A number of groups are available in the market for quarterback upgrades this 12 months, and quarterbacks comparable to Lamar Jackson, Daniel Jones, and Aaron Rodgers may be on the transfer.

Together with Derek Carr.

Previous to Tremendous Bowl LVII, experiences indicated {that a} deal was in place to commerce Carr from the Las Vegas Raiders to the New Orleans Saints. However Carr apparently didn’t waive his no-trade clause, and on condition that the staff owes him a $40.4 million contract assure over the following two years if he’s nonetheless on the roster after Wednesday, that implies that in just a few hours he’ll probably be launched by Las Vegas.

The place would possibly he land? Let’s rank seven potential locations.

7. Carolina Panthers

Thanks partially to a weak NFC South this previous season, the Carolina Panthers made a stunning playoff push down the stretch with Sam Darnold on the helm. Since lacking out on the playoffs, the group has put collectively fairly a training workers. Carolina employed Frank Reich as their head coach, added former Denver Broncos defensive coordinator Ejiro Evero in the identical position in Carolina, introduced in Josh McCown as their quarterbacks coach — and you possibly can make the case he served as a backup QB/QB Coach in New York with the Jets alongside Darnold — and simply added Jim Caldwell as a senior offensive assistant.

All of this screams, to me no less than, that the Panthers are going to draft a rookie, and use Darnold because the potential bridge. That, probably, takes Carr out of their plans.

6. Washington Commanders

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Judging by the conversations every morning among the many suburban Maryland dads on the college bus cease, the Washington Commanders have a prolonged to-do record. Discovering new possession is up there, as is deciding the place their subsequent stadium will probably be constructed.

Fixing the quarterback place is up there as properly.

The Carson Wentz experiment appears to have ended poorly, with reporting in latest days that Wentz and the Commanders will half methods, and indications are that the group is heading into 2023 with designs of Sam Howell as QB1. That, coupled with the truth that Washington doesn’t decide within the first spherical till the sixteenth choice, most likely takes the Commanders out of the rookie quarterback market.

From Washington’s perspective, Carr would supply an improve over the present state of their quarterback room. Howell confirmed flashes in restricted motion on the finish of the season, sufficient to persuade the group that he deserved a shot. However that is the basic Household Man thriller field dilemma.

Howell might be good, he may even become Derek Carr!

The larger query is that this: Would Carr wish to head to Washington? It might appear that he has higher choices on the market.

5. Las Vegas Raiders

We have now seen this earlier than, most just lately final 12 months, when the San Francisco 49ers and Jimmy Garoppolo had been reportedly headed for a divorce, earlier than Garoppolo returned with a brand new contract.

Given how this relationship ended, nevertheless, it appears unlikely. Let’s transfer on.

4. Houston Texans

Would Carr be involved in choosing up the place his brother David left off? And would the Houston Texans be involved in a veteran over a rookie?

Final fall it surfaced that Carr hoped the Texans would have drafted him. “Once I was getting drafted, I needed to go there,” Carr stated again in October. “They didn’t decide me first [overall], however thirty third? I used to be like, ‘Possibly thirty third?’ They didn’t need me so I used to be type of a bit heartbroken over that. However it’s what it’s.”

May this offseason present a chance for Carr to play for the Texans? There might be some sticking factors, because the Texans are within the midst of a rebuild, and there are different groups which are nearer to contending than Houston. However the Texans have cap house at their disposal, and with 5 picks within the prime 75 of the draft, they might bolster the roster with a number of incoming expertise after including Carr at quarterback.

3. New Orleans Saints

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There’s a motive that the Saints had been first within the combine for Carr’s companies this offseason, and it’s head coach Dennis Allen. Allen was Carr’s first NFL coach, as he was the pinnacle coach of the Raiders when the group drafted Carr out of Fresno State. Earlier this 12 months, when the Raiders and the Saints squared off, Carr spoke at size about his relationship with the coach:

“DA [Dennis Allen] and I’ve a terrific relationship nonetheless to this present day, And I nonetheless speak to him and issues like that — clearly not this week and all these issues, however we’ve at all times stored involved, we’ve at all times been shut. I like him, I cherished having him. Clearly I didn’t know what had gone on earlier than I received right here, so swiftly, increase it’s 4 video games, increase, he’s gone. I’m like, ‘What the heck. Is that this the way it’s speculated to go? Like what’s going on?’ And are available to search out out all of the cap issues and this and that and all of the issues that he needed to attempt to work by way of, it’s robust. And then you definately see him depart, and all of the success that he’s had as a defensive coordinator. So to see him get one other probability at being a head coach, I used to be so blissful for him, as a result of I cherished him.

“He’s an excellent thoughts, actually sensible, cerebral, can break down an offense, can actually put strain on quarterbacks, make it exhausting on them. From a quarterback perspective as a defensive coach, I had a terrific relationship with him. We had open communication for the quick time that we had, and I’ll always remember it. I imply, he gave me my probability on this league, and I’ve advised him 100 instances and I’ll inform him 100 extra instances how grateful I’m for the possibility that he not solely drafted me, however to belief me when he requested me if I used to be prepared to start out. And clearly the remainder is historical past. So it’s loopy that it’s virtually been 10 years now, that it’s been that lengthy, however him and I, we’ve at all times stayed shut, once more clearly besides this week.”

Once more, the Saints and the Raiders reportedly had a deal in place to maneuver Carr previous to the approaching deadline, however the quarterback declined to waive his no-trade clause. This might simply imply that Carr needed to take a while to evaluate his choices, however the relationship between Carr and Allen appears to be a card in New Orleans’ favor.

The cap house state of affairs would wish some work, although.

2. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

With Tom Brady’s retirement, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have a roster that simply made the playoffs — sure, due largely to the aforementioned down 12 months within the NFC South — and a gap on the quarterback place. The opposite two quarterbacks on the roster this season? Blaine Gabbert, who’s a free agent, and Kyle Trask, who Tampa Bay drafted within the second spherical of the 2021 NFL Draft.

So you have got a playoff roster and a division in the midst of a down cycle, two elements that might be interesting for Carr. The unfavorable facet of the ledger? The Buccaneers have but to rent an offensive coordinator, and Tampa Bay has a tricky cap state of affairs to navigate as properly. Actually, the strikes that the group would possibly make to get below the cap may diminish that roster much more. And with Brady submitting retirement papers now, the Buccaneers are literally in a tougher place. Had he waited till June to file, the staff may have unfold out his cap hit.

As a substitute, the invoice is coming due now, and the Buccaneers are on the hook for $35 million in lifeless cash:

The match is smart now, however will it nonetheless as soon as the Buccaneers are in compliance with the cap?

1. New York Jets

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This, no less than from my curious vantage level, makes essentially the most sense.

The Jets had been competent quarterback play from being a playoff staff a season in the past. They landed each the Defensive Rookie of the 12 months and the Offensive Rookie of the 12 months in final years draft in Sauce Gardner and Garrett Wilson. Frankly, had Breece Corridor not been injured on the finish of October, he might need gained Offensive Rookie of the 12 months honors.

Carr is actually a polarizing quarterback, however he presents competent quarterback play.

Head coach Robert Saleh indicated just lately that the staff goes down the veteran quarterback path. The Jets have been linked to Aaron Rodgers because of the hiring of Nathaniel Hackett, in addition to Ryan Tannehill, given their latest rent of Todd Dowling.

However I feel when you’re Carr, you attempt to discover a option to New York.

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