Derek Carr and the Raiders are attempting to finalise their divorce, with the team evaluating the trade market for the quarterback, who waved goodbye to the organisation and its fans in a social media post on Thursday.
Things went wrong after what seemed to be a good summer for both Carr and the club. Following a painful playoff defeat to the Bengals in 2021, the Raiders hired Josh McDaniels as head coach, completed a blockbuster trade for Carr’s old pal, Davante Adams, and signed Carr to a three-year contract extension for $121.5 million.
However, they started the season 2-7, ending in a home loss to the Colts in Jeff Saturday’s coaching debut, and were unable to return to the playoffs despite winning four of five games from Weeks 11 to 15.
Carr seems to have played his last game with the Raiders. However, there are a number of potential stumbling obstacles that might make a purchase more complex. Carr’s contract includes large guarantees totaling more than $40 million that kick in three days after the Super Bowl. That’s a lot of money, and there isn’t much time to conclude a deal before the deadline. Furthermore, Carr’s contract contains a no-trade clause, which means he would have to agree any prospective deal before it could take effect.
Some of those clubs still make sense, but we wanted to focus our efforts and try to identify the most probable destinations for him.
Here are the six teams we feel would be most interested in getting the soon-to-be 32-year-old quarterback:
The Jets have to be among the favourites to sign Carr. The team’s owner, Woody Johnson, indicated on Thursday that he is “absolutely” willing to pay for an experienced quarterback this season. They may follow in the footsteps of Jimmy Garoppolo, whose coaches are more familiar with him. Carr, on the other hand, may be a realistic long-term option if there are concerns about Garoppolo’s injury history or potential contract demands. Furthermore, the Jets parted ways with offensive coordinator Mike LaFleur, which might influence the decision on who the next starting quarterback should be.
Overall, the roster is in good shape, with lots of offensive talent – except at quarterback. After Zach Wilson’s troubles, one has to wonder whether the Jets would be interested in drafting another quarterback this spring.
The Jets now have minimal salary-cap space, so there may be some barriers here, but it’s easy to envision Carr considering them as a realistic option to revitalise his career. The Jets have a powerful defence, a decent offensive line, effective running backs, and some intriguing young receivers. The AFC East is a challenging division until proven otherwise, and although the New York spotlight isn’t for everyone, keeping the Jets in the mix makes too much sense.