Add Derek Carr to the already-crowded list of big-name players that could change teams this offseason.
Carr is coming off one of the best seasons of his career, finishing inside the top 10 (or very close) in yards, passer rating, completion percentage and yards per attempt. But the Las Vegas Raiders may look at it as an opportunity to trade him while his value is high – and pursue disgruntled Texans QB Deshaun Watson.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the Raiders are expected to field calls about Carr’s availability this offseason. An insider said the price for Carr “could get to two first-round picks,” which they could then flip to the Texans for Watson.
Head coach Jon Gruden may be looking for a big quarterback splash after failing to make the playoffs in each of his first three seasons in charge of the Raiders, and watching his team lose five of its last eight games in back-to-back seasons. Carr can hardly be blamed for any of it, especially when Las Vegas’ defense finished bottom-five in DVOA in back-to-back seasons.
Still, Gruden may feel the heat after signing a 10-year contract ahead of the 2018 season, though the prudent move may still be to ride with an offense that was playoff-caliber and rebuild the defense with those draft picks instead.
Carr is under contract for two more years and his contract carries a cap hit of $22 million in 2021 and $19 million in 2022, relative bargains for a quality starting QB, making him an appealing trade target. The Bears, Colts and Washington Football Team, among others, could be interested.
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