ESPN’s Bill Barnwell is known for his wild and crazy proposals, and he certainly produced another one this week.
The Las Vegas Raiders are playoff contenders again, but if the team falls short, and it surely spell the end of the Derek Carr era in Las Vegas. If the Raiders can’t win these last two games, owner Mark Davis might clean house.
Bill Barnwell believes that the Raiders could send Carr to the Seattle Seahawks, but not for Russell Wilson, because he has him being traded to the New Orleans Saints. Instead, the Raiders are doing it for a second-round pick.
“Carr has been a consistently above-average quarterback over the past few seasons, even as the Raiders have turned over their offensive line and cycled through options at receiver. He isn’t the problem for Las Vegas, but after years of disappointing seasons from the defense, it might be time for the organization to pursue a different sort of roster. With Carr entering the final year of his deal in 2022, the Raiders might prefer to get a solid draft pick for him and go in a different direction.”
A second-round pick seems low for Carr, but Barnwell thinks his QB value is not very good at the moment.
Not only did Barnwell propose a trade partner for Carr, but he also revealed that the franchise should sign former No. 1 overall pick Jameis Winston. On top of that, he fills the team’s head coaching position with Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich.
“Winston worked under Bucs offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich when the two were in Tampa Bay, and with Leftwich linked to multiple head-coaching jobs this offseason, a reunion between the two could make sense. Former Raiders owner Al Davis spent his entire life in love with the vertical passing game, and I suspect he instilled some of that affection in his son, Mark. A one-year, $16-million deal would give them the upside of signing a top-10 quarterback, while a no-franchise clause would ensure Winston gets paid after 2022 if he keeps up his form after the knee injury.”
Leftwich has many suitors already, with the Jacksonville Jags being one of them. It will be interesting to see where he goes during the offseason, if he decides to leave.
Winston showed major improvement this season as he threw 14 touchdowns to just three interceptions for the Saints before getting hurt and lsoing the rest of his season.