The Las Vegas Raiders moved on from starting quarterback Derek Carr this offseason, which left a hole on the roster. Jarrett Stidham replaced Carr in the starting lineup for the last two games of the season and played well in spurts. It looked like he did enough to earn a second contract and a chance to compete for the starting job in 2023.

General manager Dave Ziegler previously said that the plan was to try and bring back Stidham but negotiations didn’t go well. The veteran quarterback has signed a two-year deal worth $10 million with the Denver Broncos as first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport on Monday, March 13.

Sources: Former #Raiders QB Jarrett Stidham is signing a 2-year, $10M deal with the #Broncos, choosing to play for Sean Payton over other options. The deal, which includes $5M guaranteed and $4M more in upside, reunites him Davis Webb – who he has known since he was a teenager.

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 13, 2023

This is a surprise move as Stidham seemed like a lock to stay with the Raiders due to his familiarity with Josh McDaniels’ system and a chance to start. There’s no doubt that Russell Wilson is the starting quarterback in Denver for now due to his contract. Even if he plays poorly, the Broncos can’t justify sitting a quarterback making $48.5 million a year. That said, $10 million to be a backup under a coach like Sean Payton is a very appealing situation for a young quarterback like Stidham.

Why Weren’t Raiders Able to Keep Stidham?

The Raiders appeared motivated to keep Stidham, have plenty of salary cap space and a huge need at quarterback. With all that in mind, why weren’t they able to keep the quarterback? It must have come down to money. $10 million is a pretty penny to pay a backup quarterback. The Raiders likely didn’t view Stidham as a realistic option as the starter next year.

The team is going to draft a quarterback at some point during the draft and will also sign a veteran. They could be looking to add a quarterback with more starting experience. While Stidham knows McDaniels’ offense and played well last season, he only has two starts under his belt. It’s impossible to know if he can sustain success for more than a few games at …read more



Ex-Raiders QB Signs $10 Million Contract With Hated Rival

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