The New York Jets could be running out of time to decide on quarterback Derek Carr ahead of NFL free agency.
According to a new report from ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler, there are now up to five franchises that are potentially interested in Carr — the New Orleans Saints, Carolina Panthers, and two mystery buyers.
“The New York Jets and Carolina Panthers remain interested in Carr,” explained Fowler, “but it’s more complicated with them due to the Jets’ interest in [Aaron] Rodgers and the Panthers’ chance to solve their quarterback position once and for all in the draft (No. 9 overall). Carolina is lurking here, with a follow-up call with Carr early this week. The Panthers are a factor. And at least two other teams have reached out on Carr in recent weeks.”
He also described the Saints as a strong candidate to land the veteran signal-caller. “The New Orleans Saints remain motivated to sign quarterback Derek Carr, who will take his free agency into next week,” Fowler noted earlier. “New Orleans believes it has made a compelling case to Carr, with solid pass-catching targets, a good defense and the chance to play in a dome at least 10 games per season. Carr is prioritizing the right fit, and once he commits to that, a potential contract will be hashed out.”
Mystery Buyers Join Hunt for Derek Carr
So, who could these two new mystery suitors be?
The Washington Commanders always felt like an option for Carr — but head coach Ron Rivera claimed his team wouldn’t be in on a veteran quarterback this offseason, hoping to develop Sam Howell in 2023. Have things changed with offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy entering the fold? Bieniemy should know Carr well, considering he’s coached against him two times a year for several seasons now with the Kansas City Chiefs.
How about the Tampa Bay Buccaneers? Who could certainly use a starting quarterback after Tom Brady decided to retire this winter. Many believe the cap-strapped Bucs could decide to rebuild after mortgaging their future for Brady and a championship, but perhaps they’ve had a change of heart.
Are the Indianapolis Colts looking to take a stab at yet another veteran QB? How about the Atlanta Falcons who gave Desmond Ridder a shot during the second half of 2022? The Miami Dolphins have come up in recent rumors surrounding Rodgers. Might they …read more