The Las Vegas Raiders will eventually move on from veteran quarterback Derek Carr. The only two questions are a) will he be traded or released and b) where his next landing spot will be.
Vegas benched Carr for the final two games of 2022 in favor of backup Jarrett Stidham. The 31-year-old said goodbye to Raiders fans on social media with a heartfelt message earlier this month, all but confirming that he won’t retire with the organization.
Bleacher Report’s Brent Sobleski picked the best and worst landing spots for several quarterbacks who could be on the move this offseason. When it came to Carr, Sobleski explained why he views the New Orleans Saints as the top landing spot:
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“The Saints’ quarterbacks combined didn’t post 4,000 yards this year or 3,500 the previous season.
Carr is very much a rhythm passer, who should fit in nicely with Pete Carmichael’s offensive scheme. Furthermore, the Saints have some special talent around the quarterback position in Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas, Chris Olave and some intriguing pieces along the offensive line.
The biggest concern in potentially acquiring the current Raider is New Orleans’ lack draft capital, specifically a first-round pick, to possibly get a deal done. Even so, it’s the right path for the franchise to take.”
The Saints are unlikely to retain veteran Andy Dalton, who had an inconsistent 14-game stint as New Orleans’ starting quarterback. The organization hasn’t made an announcement on Jameis Winston, who tried playing through a back injury but was ultimately kept out of action for the final 14 games.
With Tom Brady likely to leave the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason, the NFC South division should be wide open. Trading for a proven veteran like Carr would surely make New Orleans the front-runner in that division, and he’d definitely serve as an upgrade over any quarterback the organization has used since Drew Brees’ retirement in 2021.
Needless to say, an interesting trade market aways this offseason.