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These 3 Teams Should Trade For Derek Carr

  • Justin Melo
  • December 28, 2022
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The Las Vegas Raiders are benching quarterback Derek Carr in favor of Jarrett Stidham, according to multiple reports. Carr was abysmal in his last start, completing just 53.3% of his passing attempts (16-for-30) while throwing for 174 yards, one touchdown, and three second-half interceptions in a loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Carr has thrown one or more interceptions in five consecutive contests.

Benching Carr ensures his 2023 salary won’t become guaranteed due to injury. The Raiders could save more than $25 million in cap space by trading or releasing Carr in the offseason, per Spotrac. Carr possesses a no-trade clause and could control his destination via trade. We’ve identified three potential suitors that could trade for Derek Carr in the offseason.

NEW YORK JETS

The Jets should top Carr’s wishlist as the most intriguing QB-needy team in the market. Sophomore quarterback Zach Wilson has experienced a nightmarish campaign. Wilson has been benched twice while completing just 54.5% of his passing attempts. Wilson has thrown more interceptions (7) than touchdowns (6) and his failure to take accountability following an ugly loss to the New England Patriots also highlighted maturity issues. Mike White will finish the season as the Jets’ starter and it’s difficult to envision a scenario where the Jets willingly enter the 2023 season with Wilson as their starting quarterback. Wilson may not be on the Jets’ roster altogether.

General manager Joe Douglas may not possess an interest in drafting another rookie quarterback so soon after the Wilson experiment has gone so terribly. The Jets possess a playoff-ready defense and rushing attack. The quarterback position held them back from achieving their postseason goals in 2022. A veteran signal-caller is needed. Carr would immediately provide the upgrade the Jets require under center.

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

The Colts can’t stop playing musical chairs at quarterback. Nick Foles is currently serving as their third starter of the season. Foles was awful in Monday’s loss to the Los Angeles Chargers, throwing three interceptions. Initial starting quarterback Matt Ryan has been benched twice with Sam Ehlinger enjoying a short tenure as the starter in between Ryan and Foles.

The Colts’ 2023 starting quarterback isn’t currently on their roster. General manager Chris Ballard is going to swing big at the position once again. Can Ballard afford to chase another veteran signal-caller like Carr? Ballard’s track record leaves plenty to be desired. Both Carson Wentz and Ryan failed miserably.

The Colts currently possess the No. 5 overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. Ballard should consider drafting Bryce Young, Will Levis, or C.J. Stroud, but he’s been notoriously hesitant to draft a rookie quarterback. Our latest NFL mock draft has all three quarterbacks coming off the board before the Colts come on the clock. Ballard may consider trading for Carr if he receives a blessing from owner Jim Irsay.

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Tom Brady isn’t expected to return to the Buccaneers in 2023. Brady is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent and may opt for retirement or a change of scenery as opposed to re-signing. This season has gone so horribly for all parties involved despite Tampa’s current standing as the leader of the NFC South.

The Buccaneers remain favorites to win the division. If they do, they’re likely to be picking in the in or near the 20s in April’s draft. General manager Jason Licht would have to execute an aggressive trade-up in order to position the Buccaneers within range to draft Levis, Stroud, or Young. Securing the services of a veteran quarterback like Derek Carr may cost less while extending Tampa’s competitive window.