REPORT: Raiders Working Hard “Behind the Scenes” To Replace QB Derek Carr
Since the end of the Raiders 2019 campaign, Derek Carr’s status as the team’s starting quarterback for next year has been put up in the air.
Carr had a career-high in passing yards this season with 4,054, and he threw just eight interceptions while starting all 16 games. Yet, that still wasn’t good enough to get the franchise into the playoffs.
Publicly, the team hasn’t wavered away from their support of carr, but privately, they are reportedly doing their due diligence to get rid of him.
Via The Athletic:
“Meanwhile the Raiders, for all their messages about loving Carr, have been working behind the scenes to find a replacement. I have written several times about the disconnect between Carr and Raiders head coach Jon Gruden and this quarterback market is too tempting for Gruden to ignore. Carr has trade value, which is why everyone from the Raiders always says beautiful things about his future when speaking publicly. But Carr has no future in Las Vegas and Gruden will do everything in his power to fix the position. Will Brady entertain Vegas? It’s hard for me to see Gruden and Brady co-existing even though both men have a competitive drive. The Raiders’ offensive line would be appealing to Brady, but would he be willing to run the West Coast offense after so many years in his offense? Call me skeptical.
—I could see the Raiders making a move for Ryan Tannehill if the Titans do not franchise him. Tannehill would give Gruden the athlete he covets at the position, a player capable of making something out of nothing when the play breaks down. Would Tannehill serve as a good bridge player? Yes, though that’s nothing to get too excited about in the long term, because to beat the Chiefs and Mahomes in the AFC West, Gruden is going to need to find his elite player of the future, not just a bridge.”
Not to mention, there was a report by NFL insider Adam Schefter tweeting that Jon Gruden and the Las Vegas Raiders were “poised to pursue” Brady if he did not re-sign with the Patriots.
He also noted in his column that he thinks Raiders coach Jon Gruden is leading the charge to get Brady:
“One of the teams expected to be leading the way if Brady gets to free agency is the Raiders, whose coach, Jon Gruden, is a long-time admirer of the three-time MVP and six-time Super Bowl champion. The two have a good relationship, and league sources believe that Gruden, who is known to be a highly effective recruiter, wants Brady on the Raiders”