Derek Carr is formally on the commerce block. Ian Rapoport reported that the Las Vegas Raiders will likely be exploring the marketplace for their longtime quarterback. This isn’t that completely different from what he reported after the group benched Carr for the ultimate two weeks of the yr. However Carr tweeted out a goodbye to the followers shortly after the report emerged, all however solidifying his standing as a participant on the transfer.
Lower than two weeks in the past we broke down commerce locations for Carr that take advantage of sense– the Jets, the Commanders, and the Buccaneers. They won’t be the one groups within the working, although. Carr is a strong quarterback who’s able to main a proficient group to the postseason. He isn’t an incredible quarterback who will drag his group to victory however he is definitely adequate, and he is underneath contract for the following three years with shockingly little lifeless cash. The chance issue is considerably mitigated right here as a result of a group can transfer on with nearly no monetary penalty in the event that they determine they do not like Carr.
So let’s solid the web wider. Here is a pair darkish horse candidates to commerce for Carr.
What’s going to the Packers do if Aaron Rodgers retires (leaving an infinite lifeless cap hit behind) and Jordan Love is not the man? This is a corporation that hasn’t needed to fear a couple of QB or the opportunity of a really horrible season since Brett Favre was slinging bombs within the Tremendous Bowl as an alternative of scamming the state of Mississippi. They won’t settle for being unhealthy within the short-term underneath any circumstances, if solely as a result of a really spoiled Packers fan base would riot. Carr is a wonderful candidate to maintain the group aggressive whereas Inexperienced Bay figures out its subsequent transfer. The 2 GMs are acquainted with each other, on the very least, after the Davante Adams commerce final yr. They might even find yourself sticking with Carr, who is just 31 years-old. The Packers should not going to tank and if they do not imagine in Love then they are going to positively inquire after Carr.
Carr is clearly an incredible match for the Saints. New Orleans continues to be a darkish horse candidate as a result of there isn’t any apparent approach they will seamlessly purchase Carr. They gave up their first-round choose to the Eagles this yr to draft Chris Olave, making it far much less possible the entrance workplace provides up premium draft capital in any commerce till subsequent yr. There’s additionally the matter of their cap state of affairs, which is disastrous on a yearly foundation because of a continuing sport of kicking the can down the highway by Sean Payton. But when they managed to drag it off, Carr can be a godsend. Olave is a budding No. 1 receiver, Alvin Kamara stays one of the best Swiss Military knife again within the league, and the protection continues to be excellent. It’s troublesome to examine this potential future as a result of all of the roadblocks in New Orleans’ approach however cannot depend them out.
Tua Tagovailoa performed nice this yr however has his flaws. Arm energy is certainly one of them, and whereas that is barely overblown it does matter when the 2 high targets are Tyreek Hill and Jaylen Waddle. There’s additionally the not-so-small matter of the extreme concussions he is suffered this season, elevating questions on whether or not he ought to play soccer in any respect. Ought to the Dolphins have any doubts about Tagovailoa’s long-term future, Carr is a wonderful various who would kill it in Mike McDaniel’s offense. Miami’s battle chest just isn’t overflowing contemplating they received docked a first-rounder for tampering however there’s an argument to be made that constant QB play is the one factor standing between them and a deep playoff run. They need to take into account it.
Even when the issues with the Patriots go far past Mac Jones, there’s little doubt that Invoice Belichick is sick of dropping and it would not be a shock if he was getting annoyed with the event of a younger quarterback. The Raiders, after all, occur to make use of Josh McDaniels as their head coach and he made Jones look fairly good final yr all issues thought of. What if the 2 groups swapped QBs? New England will get a veteran QB to raise the offense to a degree the place it may win video games in live performance with a dominant protection. Las Vegas will get a younger quarterback to construct round with out utilizing premium draft capital to get him. Everybody finally ends up blissful right here.