Prior to his release, the Las Vegas Raiders tried to trade Derek Carr. There weren’t many teams that were trying to trade for him as they were waiting until the team had to cut him. The only team to show real trade interest was the New Orleans Saints and they brought Carr in for a visit. Though they didn’t trade for him, it appears getting that head start on talking to him paid off.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Carr and the Saints are closing in on a contract agreement.
Saints have emerged as the front runners to sign former Raiders’ QB Derek Carr and an agreement could be reached as early as today, per league sources. pic.twitter.com/f02UQ3m1pL
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 6, 2023
Barring an unforeseen change, Carr will be a Saint in the coming days. This will allow him to reunite with former Raiders head coach Dennis Allen who was the quarterback’s head coach during his rookie season. New Orleans was also willing to make a long-term commitment to Carr. The team is giving him a four-year contract, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
The #Saints are giving their new QB Derek Carr a 4-year deal, source said. With a big QB number coming, they’ll make it work with their cap situation.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 6, 2023
Carr recently traveled to Indianapolis for the NFL Scouting Combine to meet with teams. The New York Jets and Carolina Panthers were other teams that spoke highly of the quarterback following their visits. In the end, Carr’s familiarity with Allen and the chance to play in a weak NFC South decision was too good to pass up.
Was This the Right Move for Carr?
The Saints were one of the most logical fits for Carr from the beginning. The team has an exciting young wide receiver in Chris Olave and had a top-five defense last season. Carr has never been able to play with a good defense throughout his career. There’s also the fact that the NFC South is a mess right now.
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers won the division by going 8-9. The Panthers have a new head coach and the Buccaneers lost Tom Brady to retirement. The Atlanta Falcons recently cut Marcus Mariota and may need to add a new quarterback this offseason. Carr is already the best quarterback in the division …read more